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Posts Tagged ‘Bob Marley and the Wailers’

Died On Danny Sims (October 3, 2012) Music Executive; Managed Bob Marley

Posted by themusicsover on October 11, 2012

Danny Sims
DOB Unknown – October 3, 2012

Danny Sims was a successful American music executive who is perhaps best remembered for being instrumental in the success of Bob Marley. Born in Mississippi, Sims eventually settled in New York City, where in 1965, he and business partner, Johnny Nash launched JAD Records.  During that period, Sims traveled back and forth to Jamaica with several American soul singers to record.  One of them was Nash who had a huge hit with “I Can See Clearly Now” in 1972.  Nash was reportedly the first American to record in Jamaica.  In 1967, Sims signed Bob Marley and the Wailers (the Wailers at the time being, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh) to their first recording contract.  Sims has been acknowledged for refining Marley and his band mates for the world stage and studio in those early years. Sims recorded hundreds of early tracks with the Wailers , many of which have still yet to be released. In 1972, Sims sold Marley’s contract to Chris Blackwell, and in doing so, unknowingly launched the modern age of reggae music.  Blackwell, of course, helped turn Marley into a superstar by teaching him to think beyond reggae and present himself as a rock star.  Meanwhile, Sims went on to find success with JAD Records (thanks in part to future Marley “rarity” collections)  as well as with his Cayman Publishing company. Sims joined forces with Marley again as his manager, but the singer died of cancer shortly thereafter. Danny Sims as 72 when he died of colon cancer on October 3, 2012.

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Died On This Date (September 11, 1987) Peter Tosh / Reggae Icon

Posted by themusicsover on September 11, 2009

Peter Tosh (Born Winston McIntosh)
October 19, 1944 – September 11, 1987

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Peter Tosh was one of the true icons of reggae music.  Tosh is best remembered as a founding member of Bob Marley and the Wailers.   The group signed to Chris Blackwell’s Island Records who released their first two albums, Catch A Fire and Burnin’ in 1973.  Tosh left the Wailers in 1974 after a dispute with Blackwell.  He released his 1976 solo debut, Legalize It, on Columbia Records.  While Marley’s records focused more on love and peace, Tosh’s tended to speak out against “the system.”   In 1978, the Rolling Stones signed him to their own label, Rolling Stones Records where he released the critically acclaimed Bush Doctor, Mystic Man, and Wanted Dread Or Alive, the first one including the hit Tempations cover “Don’t Look Back,” a duet with Mick Jagger.  Tosh was also very active in the protest against apartheid in South Africa, performing at several benefit concerts and participating in benefit albums.   On September 11, 1987, after returning from the United States where he was won a Grammy for Best Reggae Performance for No Nuclear War, Tosh was in his house waiting for friends to come celebrate his arrival.  That party never happened though, as the 42-year-old Tosh was murdered execution-style during a botched home invasion robbery.

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