By: Anthony Turner
Reggae living legend Ken Boothe proved he is still at the top of his game, as his 60th birthday shindig attracted well over 2,000 music lovers who squeezed inside New York's hot spot Mangoville to celebrate the special occasion. When the curtain fell at 5am, it was former Heptones lead singer Leroy Sibbles and Boothe who were deemed the top performers of the night.
Sibbles had his way with fans as he crooned vintage hits "Fatty Fatty," "Love Don't Come Easy" and "Party Time." And just when fans thought they had gotten enough, the talented reggae artist grabbed the bass guitar and strummed some of the popular hits he played, back in the day as a session player at Coxone's Studio One Records.
A dapper looking Ken Boothe, was again in fine vocal form, as he eased through "Silver Words" "When I Fall In Love," "Every Thing I Own," "Artibella," "Puppet On A String," "Saddest Song" and "Moving Away." Singer, Ed Robinson sporting a new "afro" had the ladies on their feet, comforting them with "Knocking on Heavens Door" and his new hit single "Rise Again" while Melodians lead singer Tony Brevette, performing as a solo act, held his own, warming the hearts of fans with songs from his vast catalogue.
John Holt was another crowd favorite, wailing on hits like, "Love I Can Feel," "Ali Barber," "Wear You To The Ball" and "Police In Helicopter." Toward the end of his set, patrons were even invited to sing-along as he accepted requests from fans.
Both Ken Boothe and Winston 'Merritone' Blake were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards by the organizers for their contribution to the music industry.
Kudos to WB Radio and Winners Circle Radio for another top class production.