|Tags:||reggae roots reggae roots jamaica ska|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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One of the most famous Jamaican vocal groups of the 70s and 80s, the Mighty Diamonds was formed in 1969 by lead vocalist Donald Tabby Shaw with Fitzroy Bunny Simpson and Lloyd Judge Ferguson providing the harmonies and occasional lead. They recorded unsuccessfully for Stranger Cole and Rupie Edwards, among others, before their breakthrough in 1975 with Joseph Joe Joe Hookims Channel One studio. Hey Girl and Country Living were big reggae hits, but their next release, Right Time, on Hookims Well Charge label, consolidated that success. The Mighty Diamonds initial popularity was boosted by a number of factors: the influence of Burning Spears championing of Jamaican national hero, Marcus Garvey; the definitive three-part rocksteady harmonies of the Heptones, together with Sly Dunbars militant rockers style of drumming on do-overs of timeless...