The official ruling has been made that Sonia Pottinger is the rightful owner of the Treasure Isle's recording catalog, previously owned by its late founder, the legendary record producer Duke Reid. The landmark ruling was handed down in chamber at the Supreme Court in Kingston last Wednesday. The Jamaica Recording and Publishing Studio Limited (the famed Studio One founded and operated by the late Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd, ace rival to Duke Reid) was first defendant. Second defendant was Anthony Reid, son of Duke Reid, Treasure Isle Records International Limited (the company started by Duke Reid's son) was third defendant and Edward 'Bunny' Lee fourth defendant.
Well this is very good news to hear. Mrs Sonia Pottinger (or those who know her best call her Ms P.), has been wronged for many years. I was elated to read that she finally has gotten this victory. I know her daughter, Sharon Pottinger, has been fighting for this for many years.
The most important Jamaican woman involved in music business, Mrs Pottinger's produced artists from the mid 1960s until the mid 1980s.
Married to music producer Lyndon Pottinger, she opened her Tip Top Records Shop in the mid 1960s and started to record musicians in 1966. The first single she issued (recorded at Federal Recording Studios) was a Baba Brooks tune which became a Jamaican hit. Other artists recorded during this period include Roland Alphonso. Throughout the rocksteady and early reggae eras, she became very prolific with hits by The Ethiopians ("The Whip"), Delano Stewart, The Melodians ("Swing And Dine"), Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis and Toots & The Maytals. In the 1970s, she produced albums by Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths, Culture, U Roy and Big Youth. Her most well known production is Culture's Harder Than The Rest album, released in 1978.
This tribute above (wikipedia) just touches the surface of this wonderful legend. Miss P was like my second mother in my teen years. Wait what am I saying, she was my guardian so she was pretty much my Mom. Being surrounded by all those wonderful artist back in the 70's and early 80's was indeed a thrill. The strange thing was I never thought of them as artist because they were just regular folks. When I worked at the record store I got to experience things that most teens didn't, seeing the record (vinyl) being made. Orange Street in Kingston was so alive then. Many tourist would walk up from the Harbor and make their way up the street.
Below are some examples of Miss P's work.
- Alton Ellis - Cry Tough [197X]
- Bob Andy - Lots Of Love & I 
- Brent Dowe - Build Me Up 
- Culture - Culture In Dub 
- Culture - Cumbolo 
- Culture - Harder Than The Rest 
- Culture - International Herb 
- Culture - Production Something [197X]
- Culture - Too Long In Slavery [197X]
- Culture - Trod On [197X]
- Culture - Vital Selection [1978-79]
- Delano Stewart - Stay A Little Bit Longer 
- Errol Brown - Dub Over Dub [197X]
- Errol Dunkley - Darling Ooh 
- Hippy Boys - Reggae With The Hippy Boys 
- Joseph Cotton - Dancehall Days [1976-84]
- Justin Hinds - From Jamaica With Reggae [196X]
- Marcia Griffiths - Naturally 
- Marcia Griffiths - Steppin' 
- Melodians - Pre-Meditation [197X]
- Melodians - Swing And Dine [196X-7X]
- Revolutionaries - Dub Expression 
- Revolutionaries - Medley Dub [197X]
- Slim Smith - Just A Dream 
- Sonia Pottinger - Marcus Garvey [198X]
- Sonya Spence - In The Dark [197X]
- U Roy - Original DJ [197X]
- U Roy - With Words Of Wisdom 
- U Roy & Dennis Alcapone - Version Galore Vol 2 
- U Roy & Various Artists - Version Galore Vol 3 
- Various Artists - Hottest Hits [197X]
- Various Artists - Musical Feast [197X]
Source: Jamaica Observer