Greats to get tribute on July 28

By Howard Campbell
Observer senior writer

Monday, June 18, 2018

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Earl “Bagga” Walker, an unheralded bass player who recorded and toured with some of the biggest names in reggae, is among the awardees for next month's Tribute To The Greats show.

The annual event is scheduled for July 28 at Curphey Place in St Andrew.

Singers Eric “Monty” Morris and Mary Isaacs, deejay Lone Ranger, the Ffolkes Brothers, Frankie Campbell of the Fabulous Five Band, drummer Derek Stewart, musicologists Roy Black and Garth Whyte, and sound system operator Errol McGowan, complete the list of music recipients.

Walker started his career in the late 1960s as a guitarist but eventually switched to bass. Horace Andy's Skylarking, Vanity by Sugar Minott and Still Cool's To Be Poor Is A Crime are some of the songs he played.

He also recorded or toured with Freddie McGregor, The Gladiators, Black Uhuru and IJahman Levi. Now in his late 60s, Walker was incapacitated several years ago by a stroke and currently lives in the United States.

Morris started his career in the ska era of the early 1960s. He had a number of hit songs during that period including Oil In My Lamp, Sammy Dead and Wings Of A Dove. He had a big rocksteady hit with Say What You're Saying.

The Ffolkes Brothers (John, Mico and Junior) are best known for the classic 1961 song Oh Carolina, which is reputedly the first recorded song to feature Rastafarian drumming. They were accompanied on the track by Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.

Shaggy covered the song with great success in 1994.

This is the 21st Tribute To The Greats staged by Kingsley Goodison and his King Omar Promotions. It has honoured over 120 people who have made their mark in various sectors of Jamaica's music industry.

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