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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1972

image 1972 ad for Dennis Brown's "Silhouettes" record, available at Derrick's 1Stop Record Village owned by Derrick Harriott

1972

image Prince Jazzbo's first hit in 1972 with Coxsone was a version of Horace Andy's "Skylarking", which he re-worked as "Crabwalking".

1972

image November 1972 saw the release of Junior Byles' debut album, Beat Down Babylon, which along with a series of singles that followed, established Byles as a major force in Jamaica as well as establishing him with audiences in the Unite

1972

image Junior Byles 1972 debut album, Beat Down Babylon, was a dread masterpiece and instant classic. The album remains one the best from the era, notable not just for Byles excellent songwriting and delivery, but for Lee 'Scratch' Perry's

1972

image Fabulous Five Inc. was the first Jamaican reggae band to play on an international hit LP. They backed up six cuts on American singer, Johnny Nash's 1972 gold album "I Can See Clearly Now" which included the Bob Marley composition "S

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