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Posts Tagged ‘Earl Chinna Smith’

Died On This Date (August 22, 2012) Matthew McAnuff / Young Reggae Singer

Posted by themusicsover on August 26, 2012

Matthew McAnuff
1986 – August 22, 2012

Matthew McAnuff was an up-and-coming Jamaican reggae singer and son of celebrated reggae veteran, Winston McAnuff (also known as Electric Dread).  The 25-year-old McAnuff was beginning to make a name for himself throughout the island’s roots reggae clubs and beyond.  His most recent single, “Be Careful,” which was produced by Earl “Chinna” Smith, had found an audience in France.  He was soon to release its follow-up, “If You Want War.”  According to various reports, McAnuff got into an altercation near his home in Montego Bay, Jamaica which resulted in his being stabbed.  He reportedly died from his injuries before help could arrive.



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Died On This Date (February 21, 2008) Joe Gibbs / Reggae Producer

Posted by themusicsover on February 21, 2010

Joe Gibbs (Born Joel Gibson)
1943 – February 21, 2008

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Joe Gibbs was a respected Jamaican reggae producer.  He first began making records out of the back of his electronics repair shop during the late ’60s.  One of his earliest collaborators was Lee Scratch Perry.  In 1968, he formed his own record label, Amalgamated Records, home of one of rocksteady’s earliest hits, Roy Shirley’s “Hold Them.”  In 1972, he and engineer, Errol Thompson put together a house band that included the great Earl “Chinna” Smith, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, and together they generated hundreds of records, with over 100 becoming #1 singles in Jamaica.  In 1977, Gibbs produced Culture’s Two Sevens Clash, considered to be one of the most influential albums on the growing punk scene.  He continued to produce some of reggae’s most successful records well into the later years of his life.  Joe Gibbs was 65 when he suffered a fatal heart attack on February 21, 2008.



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