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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1971

image In the spring of 1971, 'Double Barrel' by Dave (Barker) & Ansel Collins gave the company their first British number one.

1971

image Eric Donaldson has won the Jamaican Festival Song Competition six times, in 1971, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1993 and 1997. His winning 1971 entry, "Cherry Oh Baby", launched him into the limelight. The song is rated among Jamaican music cl

1972

image Ernie Smith's 1972 hit "Pitta Patta"produced by Richard Khouri at Federal which based Lee "Scratch" Perry's based his "Musical Transplant" rhythm, was voted the best song of the year in Swing magazine.

1972

image In 1972, Ernie Smith won the World Popular Song Festival also called the Yamaha Music Festival in Japan with "Life Is Just For Living", a song originally written for a Red Stripe Beer commercial.

1972

image Jimmy Cliff stars in 'The Harder They Come' (1972). one of the first truly successful films to come out of Jamaica.

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