Reggae's unsung hero passes Image

by Biko Kennedy

Percussionist Uzziah 'Sticky' Thompson, known for playing on numerous Reggae classic over his 50 year long career passed away on Monday, August 25th.

Survived by his wife Sharon, five children and a brother, Thompson - who was 78 - was a member of the Revolutionaries, house band at Channel One, during the 1970s. There, he played on countless songs including I Need a Roof performed by The Mighty Diamonds, Up Park Camp performed byJohn Holt and War by the Wailing Souls. Later becoming a member of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers' recording and touring team. He played on the group's Grammy-winning albums One Bright Day and Conscious Party.

Drummer Sly Dunbar, noted that Thompson was "one of the steadiest percussionists to work with; he had great tempo...Sticky was always happy when him in the studio.”

Check out this homage video for this unsung legend of Reggae;


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