The reggae community loses another classicFebruary 27, 2008
Legendary Jamaican record producer, born Joel A. Gibson in Montego Bay, 1943, died of heart attack 21 February 2008.
His music was all encompassing and was hard to pigeonhole, unlike Studio One’s C.S. Dodd. His name is synonymous with Rocksteady, but his career spanned the 60’s all the way up to the 90s. The artists who recorded for him is too long to list, so I’ll include just a few here.
Joe Gibbs produced a large portion of the late great Dennis Brown’s enormous collection. Here is perhaps Dennis’s biggest hit:
Dennis Brown- Money in my Pocket (alt. version)
Junior Byles- Heart & Soul
And for a bit of rocksteady…
Roy Shirley- Hold Them
And last but not least, we can’t forget this hit which has had quite a run in the past few years after being reissued on the original album and many compilations.
Althea & Donna- Uptown Top Ranking on Top of the Pops around 1978
Roots Archives discography of Joe Gibbs
Joe Gibbs anthology on reggae-vibes