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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1973

image The Heptones’ big hit "Book of Rules" was based on an American poem called "A Bag of Tools" by R.L.Sharpe in 1973

1974

image In 1974, Tinga Stewart won the Jamaica Festival Song Competition by singing "Play de Music," written by Ernie Smith. Roman Stewart, his brother won the contest the following year with a song Stewart and Willie Lindo wrote, entitled

1974

image Island Records issued Third World’s debut single, "Railroad Track," in 1974 and sent them out on a European tour as the opening act for Bob Marley & the Wailers.

1974

image Cocoa Tea made his first recordings for producer Willie Francis in 1974 at the mere age of 14; one single, "Searching in the Hills," was released under his given name Calvin Scott however it was not successful.

1974

image The Channel One Studios at 29 Maxfield Avenue in Kingston 13. Between 1974 and 1984 it was one of the most important studios in the history of reggae. They scored a big success in 1976 with the MIGHTY DIAMONDS' "Right Time". Import

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