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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1979

image Barry Brown's first hit single came with 1979's "Step It Up Youthman", which led to an album of the same name on Paradise Records.

1979

image Errol Dunkley experienced his biggest success, the breakthrough UK Singles Chart hit in 1979 with "OK Fred", a cover version of a John Holt-penned song, that reached number 11.

1979

image Out This Week (Album): Reggae Anthology: Barrington Levy "Sweet Reggae Music" (1979-84) Filled with certified classics from beginning to end, this 40-track double disc collection covers the early years of Barrington Levy's astonis

1979

image UB40's first gig took place on 9 February 1979 at The Hare & Hounds Pub in Kings Heath, Birmingham for a friend's birthday party. (The plaque commemorating UB40's first performance)

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