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 Funky People Sugar Minott Tribute Special ~ 12th July 2012

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PostSubject: Funky People Sugar Minott Tribute Special ~ 12th July 2012   Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:32 am

Teenage Sugar Minott at Studio 1 in the mid 70s


With the African Brothers (Sugar Bottom left). They formed 1969 and did some great roots sides in the then popular harmony style of the Abyssinians


'Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott (May 25, 1956 – July 10, 2010) was a Jamaican reggae singer, producer and sound-system operator.

After working as a selector on the Sound of Silence Keystone sound system, and then his own Gathering of Youth system, he began his singing career as part of The African Brothers in 1969, along with Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard. The group released several singles in the first half of the 1970s on labels such as Micron and their own Ital label, and were an early example of the Rastafari movement's influence on the Jamaican music scene, taking a clear lead from The Abyssinians. After recording "Mysterious Nature" for producer Rupie Edwards, the group recorded 1974's "No Cup No Broke" for Studio One, breaking up shortly after. Minott then teamed up with the producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, as studio apprentice at Dodd's Studio One, working as a singer, guitarist and percussionist, and soon began recording his own singles. Minott developed a talent for writing new songs to fit over existing rhythms (which at the time was common when singers performed live, but rare in the studio), often proving more popular than the original songs, pioneering an approach that would be central to the emerging dancehall style.

After a number of moderately successful hits for Studio One, such as "Vanity", "Hang On Natty", "Mr. DC", and "Jah Jah Children", his debut LP Live Loving made his name and increased his popularity, and is regarded as pioneering the dancehall style that would dominate the early 1980s. It was followed in 1979 with a second album, Showcase, which included his singles that had been omitted from the first album.

The Bittersweet album followed, and then the third album of 1979, Ghetto-ology, which saw a return to roots reggae. Roots Lovers (1980) saw a move towards lovers rock, which was a UK hit. He became a bigger star in the UK than in Jamaica, his self-produced "Hard Time Pressure" being a major UK reggae hit in 1980, leading Minott to relocate to the UK, where he became a focus for UK reggae.

Singles such as "Run Come", "Not for Sale", "African Girl", "Lovers Rock", "In a Dis Ya Time", "Africa" and "Make It with You" (with Carroll Thompson) were hits in the years that followed. "Good Thing Going" (a cover of a song originally recorded by Michael Jackson in 1971) was picked up for distribution by RCA and reached Number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1981, leading to an album of the same name. The Herbman Hustling album saw a return to dancehall and roots reggae.
He released an album of recordings from Channel One Studios, With Lots Of Extra in 1983, collecting several hits from his time working with Winston Holness. While Minott was in England he discovered the group Musical Youth[citation needed] and released a number of successful Lovers Rock singles.

Returning to Jamaica, his Youth Promotion sound system performed regularly in Kingston's Maxfield Park, featuring Jah Stitch and newcomers who had been nurtured by his organization such as Ranking Joe, Captain Sinbad, and Ranking Dread. His Black Roots label featured his productions of these artists plus others such as Barry Brown, Tenor Saw, Little John, Tony Tuff, Barrington Levy, Horace Andy, and one of his discoveries from England, Trevor Hartley. Minott also produced early works by Nitty Gritty, Junior Reid, Yami Bolo, Colourman, Daddy Freddy and Garnett Silk, who recorded his first song for Minott.

Throughout the 1980s the hits kept coming. Able to encompass different styles from rough roots to sweet lovers, through to classic dancehall, he was an artist of some influence. In that period he was working for all the top producers in Jamaica including, Mikey Dread, George Phang, Sly & Robbie, Philip "Fatis" Burrell, Channel One, Prince Jammy, and Donovan Germain, as well as recording for United States-based Lloyd "Bullwackie" Barnes (the Wicked A Go feel It album from 1984).[4] His biggest hits included "Herbman Hustling", "No Vacancy", "Jamming In The Street", "Rub A Dub Sound", "Buy Off The Bar", "Rydim", and "Devil's Pickney".

He linked up with Sly & Robbie for 1984's "Rub a Dub Sound Style" single, which is regarded as a prototype for the ragga style that developed in the mid-1980s.

Sugar Minott continued to record on his Black Roots label, Youth Promotion Label and for Major and Independent labels. His albums receive increasingly exciting reviews. He released over 60 albums and hundreds of singles.'
- wikipedia

Funky People Sugar Minott Tribute Special ~ Thursday 12th July 2012
Stephen T & special guest Mr Swing Easy in session again playing favourite 45s, 12" and LP tracks from a much loved legendary singer, producer and sound system operator. 2 hours of killer tracks showing the breadth of Sugar Minott's illustrious career from The African Brothers, Studio 1, Channel One, Linval Thompson & his self-productions in the styles of dancehall and lovers rocks through to the Youth Promotion sound period recording for Fatis, Jammy and Tappa Zukie! Could have gone on for another four hours though! Enjoy

Tune In- Sugar Minott (Taxi)
International Herb- Sugar Minott (Dougie's)
Herbman Hustling- Sugar Minott (Taxi)
This Old Man- Sugar Minott (Studio 1)
Wrong Doers- Sugar Minott (Money Disc)
Hang On Natty- Sugar Minott (Studio 1)
Never Give Up- Sugar Minott (Studio 1)
Have No Fear- Sugar Minott (Studio 1 LP)
Swinging My Love- Sugar Minott (Studio 1 LP)
Ghetto Funk- Sugar Minott (Studio 1 LP)
Lead Us Father- African Brothers (Black Roots)
Righteous Kingdom- African Brothers (Black Roots)
Hold Tight- African Brothers (Impact)
Torturing- African Brothers (Black Roots)
Show Me That You Love Me Girl- Sugar Minott (Channel One 12")
Ghetto Youth- Suagr Minott (Black Roots LP)
Sandy- Sugar Minott (L&M LP)
So We Love- Sugar Minott (Black Roots 10")
Water Pumping- Sugar Minott (Thompson Sound)
How Could I Let You Get Away- Sugar Minott (Thompson Sound 12")
Lovers Rock- Sugar Minott (Black Roots LP)
Have You Ever Found A Love- Sugar Minott (Black Roots)
A Rough Old Life- Sugar Minott (Black Roots LP)
Fight Against Dread- Sugar Minott (Up Tempo 10")
Come On Home- Sugar Minott (Studio 1 LP)

recording only (bonus half hour coz we love it!):
When My Little Girl Is smiling- Sugar Minott (Youth Promotion 12")
Worries and Problem- Sugar Minott (Jammy's 12")
Centre Of Attraction- Sugar Minott (Tappa)
Give Me Jah Jah- Sugar Minott (X-Terminator)
All I Want Is Jah Jah- Sugar Minott (Black Roots 12")
Headache- Soul Defenders (Bugget)
I Need A Roof version- Sugar Minott (Coxsone)
Love and Understanding- Sugar Minott (Studio 12")
Rub A Dub Sound- Sugar Minott (Taxi)


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