The Late Great Sugar Minott

July 21, 2010

One of my favorite voices in reggae, the great Sugar Minott, died of heart related illness earlier this month.

Minott (pronounced MY-naht – I always pronounced it with a short “i”) was known for nurturing young talent with his Black Roots record label and Youthman Promotion company. Reggae and dancehall artists such as Garnett Silk, Triston Palmer and Tenor Saw began their careers under his tutelage.

In the ’70s Minott worked extensively with Clement “Coxsone” Dodd at Dodd’s famed Studio One studios.

With more than 60 albums and tons of timeless hits like Mr DC, Herbsman Hustling, Vanity, Never Gonna Give Jah Up, Good Thing Going and so many others, Sugar Minott has a catalogue that rivals some of Jamaica’s top stars.

He toured throughout his life but never seemed to visit the East Coast often so I sadly never got the chance to see the classic artist live.

Some of my favorite Sugar Minott tunes:

MP3: Sugar Minott- Dance Hall Style

MP3: Sugar Minott- Strange Things

I posted his No Vacancy hit back in March.

Lincoln Barrington Minott, dead at the age of 54.



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