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Monday, June 11, 2007

The Mighty Diamonds

One of the most phenomenal groups of the 70's was the Mighty Diamonds. I would rock out to their smooth sounds. What we would call real "roots reggae."The Mighty Diamonds, Donald “Tabby” Shaw, Fitzroy ”Bunny” Simpson and Lloyd “ Judge” Ferguson formed in 1969 in the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica.

They had this smooth sound that imitated many of the motown artist at that time, with the reggae flavor. My favorite song from them is, "Right Time." I was going through a lot of different emotions at that time of my life and RIGHT TIME was a song that captured the spirit of the time.

Of course The Mighty Diamonds version of, PASS THE KOUCHIE, was one of their biggest hits as well. Tabby, Bunny and Judge have produced over 40 albums in their long career and it would be hard to select just one album as a favorite but if I were asked to pick the definite Mighty Diamonds album I would have to say “ Deeper Roots”. This album proves that the Mighty Diamonds are truly the best in the business.

The trio has toured the world extensively and has a strong following in Europe and Japan as well as in the US. In Jamaica they are forever loved, performing many times at Reggae Sunsplash to the delight of all in attendance.

The Mighty Diamonds are remarkable for the fact that the three founding members have remained together, despite the ever-changing and cutthroat music business, for 32 years -- and counting! Their message is one of unity, love and at times, rebellion in the face of injustice.

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