"Tribute To The Greats"

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Photography By: Milton Raynor


"Tribute To The Greats" was held at Curphey Place on Saturday, 26th of July 2008. The MC for the night commenced the show by inviting Kingsly Goodison, head of King Omar Promotions and director of Sounds & Pressure, along with Julian "Jingles" Reynolds, chairman of Sounds & Pressure to come to the stage, where "Jingles" took over the presentation proceedings.


The awardees for "Tribute To The Greats" included: Marjorie Whylie; who has served Jamaican culture and in particular Jamaican music for over 40 years, Vaughn "Bunny" Goodison; musicologist, radio personality and operator of Soul Shack Disco, The Hully Gully Dancers, Winston "The Whip" Williams; master debater and elocutionist, Thelma "Dimples" Harris; dance promoter extraordinaire and one of Jamaica's earliest swingers and Lloyd "Paro" Clarke; a product of Vere Johns Opportunity Hour between 1957 and 1959.


Other awardees for the night included: Tommy Cowan; Jamaica's best known and most loved emcee, Lincoln "Sugar" Minott; artiste responsible for popularizing two styles of Jamaican music, the Dancehall and Lovers Rock, Maurice "Persian Cat" Samuels; dancer considered as the best legsman Jamaica has produced, Leroy Sibbles; lead singer of the group the Hepstones and finally Frederick "Toots" Hibbert; leader of the internationally renown Toots and Maytals.


Following the presentation of awards, several performers graced the stage: Christopher Martin, Mary Isaacs, Dennis Walks, Lloyd "Paro" Clarke, Ernest Wilson, Sugar Minott and Toots Hibbert. The Mighty Merritone with Monte Black and crew, controlled the dancing segment for the rest of the evening.