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Mighty Diamonds – Bio, Life and Times.

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Introduction

The Mighty Diamonds are a reggae vocal group from the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica, who enjoyed their greatest success in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The core of this group was formed by Donald ‘Tabby’ Shaw (born 1947-2022), Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson (born 1949-2022), Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson (born 1949) and lead singer Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Davis (1947–1999).

The Mighty Diamonds are a reggae vocal group from the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica, who enjoyed their greatest success in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Mighty Diamonds are a reggae vocal group from the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica. They enjoyed their greatest success in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The group was formed by Tommy McCook (born Tommy Patrick McCook) on May 28th 1979 at his home studio in Trench Town, Kingston. He recruited his friend Bennie Moore who had just finished recording a demo album with Charlie Mingus’ band (Mingus had also recorded an album called “The Mighty Diamonds”). After hearing this demo, Bob Andy convinced McCook to form an all-star lineup featuring himself as lead singer; Inner Circle members Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare; Freddie McGregor aka King Jammy; Prince Fatmata’s cousin U-Roy; Mikey Chung aka Big Youth (who was then known under his real name Michael Quazi); Ronnie Burke aka Squeeze Walton(who later went on to become one of dancehall’s most successful producers), Pat Kelly aka Tony Rebel etc…

The four members of the group are Donald ‘Tabby’ Shaw, Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson, Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson and lead singer Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Davis.



The group was formed in the 1970s, and their first album was released in 1976. The four members were Donald ‘Tabby’ Shaw who was shot dead in 2022 in a drive-by shooting in jamaica, Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson who also later passed on in 2022 after long ill health, Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson and lead singer Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Davis.

The band had many hits over the years including “Right Time” which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in 1978. Their second single release was called “Don’t Stop Me Now”, which was also successful on that chart reaching number five there!

The Mighty Diamonds were discovered while growing up on High Green Street in Trenchtown by record producer Joseph Hoo Kim who saw something special in their harmony and signed them to his Channel One record label.

Joseph Hoo Kim was a record producer and businessman. He spotted something special in the Mighty Diamonds while they were growing up on High Green Street in Trenchtown, and signed them to his Channel One record label.

The Mighty Diamonds’ debut album, “Hip Hop” was released in 1989. It was an instant success, selling over 300 000 copies worldwide by 1990 and spawning hits such as “Riddim Boy” which went on to be sampled by artists such as Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Public Enemy among others.



In 1976 the Mighty Diamonds joined forces with Bunny Lee and recorded “Right Time” at Lee’s Aggrovators studio.

In 1976 the Mighty Diamonds joined forces with Bunny Lee and recorded “Right Time” at Lee’s Aggrovators studio. The song is considered one of the best reggae songs ever written, and it also introduced some of reggae’s most enduring lyrics: “We’re gonna make a million/Keep our heads to the sky.”

Bunny Lee was a Jamaican record producer who owned the famous Black Ark studio (which later became Buffalo). He was responsible for recording many of Jamaica’s greatest artists during the 1970s, including Bob Marley & The Wailers, Toots & The Maytals, Desmond Dekker & The Aces and Gregory Isaacs.

The album featured the hits “I Need A Roof”, “Africa”, and “Right Time”.


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The album was released in 1976, and featured the hits “I Need A Roof”, “Africa”, and “Right Time”.

The album also featured a song called “Too Much To Say”.

The group went on to be one of the most successful reggae groups of all time with songs such as “Right Time”, “Jah Jah Bless Me”, “Africa Is Calling” (which was written by Ras Michael), “Have Mercy”, “Them Never Love Poor Marcus” (cover version of Bob Dylan’s song), “Country Living”, “I Need A Roof” and many more.

The group went on to be one of the most successful reggae groups of all time with songs such as “Right Time”, “Jah Jah Bless Me”, “Africa Is Calling” (which was written by Ras Michael), “Have Mercy”, “Them Never Love Poor Marcus” (cover version of Bob Dylan’s song), “Country Living”,

I Need A Roof” and many more.

In 2003 they returned to their roots with the release of Forward On To Zion on Heartbeat Records, which featured reinterpretations of classic tracks produced originally by Phillip Smart and Prince Jammy as well as Sly & Robbie.

In 2003 they returned to their roots with the release of Forward On To Zion on Heartbeat Records, which featured reinterpretations of classic tracks produced originally by Phillip Smart and Prince Jammy as well as Sly & Robbie. The album went on to be one of the most successful reggae albums ever recorded in Jamaica with songs like “Right Time”, “Africa” and “I Need A Roof”.

Conclusion

The final tip is to remember that you’re not a diamond in the rough. You were put here for a reason, and we hope that our tips have helped you understand your value as a person and give you the confidence to focus on what really matters.


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