TIMELINE EXPLORE OUR HISTORY

This timeline shows an interactive journey through Jamaica's rich and ever-shifting musical history; encompassing it's birth, growth and myriad of characters that has made it a genre admired by the world.

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1969

image Max Romeo was responsible for launching a new sub-genre of reggae with overtly suggestive lyrics. In 1969 he released the infamous 'Wet Dreams' single, which became an instant hit in Jamaica however conversely in the UK it was banne

1969

image On this day in 1969 we would lose one of the greatest trombonist to ever walk this earth. Today we remember and celebrate the life of Don Drummond, a pioneer of Ska. Rest In Peace Don...

1969

image Toots and The Maytals was the 1969 Jamaica festival's popular song winner for the single "Sweet and Dandy".

1969

image Johnny Osbourne gave Winston Riley's Techniques label its first major hit with "Warrior" in 1969

1969

image Pat Kelly's "How Long Will It Take" was the biggest-selling Jamaican single of 1969, and was the first Jamaican record to feature a string arrangement.

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