The Info List - Sugar Minott

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LINCOLN BARRINGTON "SUGAR" MINOTT (25 May 1956 – 10 July 2010) was a Jamaican reggae singer , producer and sound-system operator.


* 1 Biography * 2 Death * 3 Discography * 4 References * 5 External links


After working as a selector on the Sound of Silence Keystone sound system , and then his own Gathering of Youth system, he began his singing career as part of The African Brothers in 1969, along with Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard. The group released several singles in the first half of the 1970s on labels such as Micron and their own Ital label, and were an early example of the Rastafari movement
Rastafari movement
's influence on the Jamaican music scene, taking a clear lead from The Abyssinians . After recording "Mysterious Nature" for producer Rupie Edwards , the group recorded 1974's "No Cup No Broke" for Studio One , breaking up shortly after. Minott then teamed up with the producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd , as studio apprentice at Dodd's Studio One, working as a singer, guitarist and percussionist, and soon began recording his own singles. Minott developed a talent for writing new songs to fit over existing rhythms (which at the time was common when singers performed live, but rare in the studio), often proving more popular than the original songs, pioneering an approach that would be central to the emerging dancehall style.

After a number of moderately successful hits for Studio One, such as "Vanity", "Hang On Natty", "Mr. DC", and "Jah Jah Children", his debut LP Live Loving made his name and increased his popularity, and is regarded as pioneering the dancehall style that would dominate the early 1980s. It was followed in 1979 with a second album, Showcase, which included his singles that had been omitted from the first album.

The Bittersweet album followed, and then the third album of 1979, Ghetto-ology, which saw a return to roots reggae . Roots Lovers (1980) saw a move towards lovers rock , which was a UK hit . He became a bigger star in the UK than in Jamaica, his self-produced "Hard Time Pressure" being a major UK reggae hit in 1980, leading Minott to relocate to the UK, where he became a focus for UK reggae.

Singles such as "Run Come", "Not for Sale", "African Girl", "Lovers Rock", "In a Dis Ya Time", "Africa" and "Make It with You" (with Carroll Thompson ) were hits in the years that followed. "Good Thing Going" (a cover of a song originally recorded by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
in 1971) was picked up for distribution by RCA
and reached Number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1981, leading to an album of the same name. The Herbman Hustling album saw a return to dancehall and roots reggae .

He released an album of recordings from Channel One Studios , With Lots Of Extra in 1983, collecting several hits from his time working with Winston Holness . While Minott was in England he discovered the group Musical Youth and released a number of successful Lovers Rock singles.

Returning to Jamaica, his Youth Promotion sound system performed regularly in Kingston's Maxfield Park, featuring Jah Stitch and newcomers who had been nurtured by his organization such as Ranking Joe , Captain Sinbad , and Ranking Dread . His Black Roots label featured his productions of these artists plus others such as Barry Brown , Tenor Saw , Little John , Tony Tuff , Barrington Levy
Barrington Levy
, Horace Andy , and one of his discoveries from England, Trevor Hartley . Minott also produced early works by Nitty Gritty , Junior Reid , Yami Bolo , Colourman , Daddy Freddy and Garnett Silk , who recorded his first song for Minott.

Throughout the 1980s the hits kept coming. Able to encompass different styles from rough roots to sweet lovers, through to classic dancehall, he was an artist of some influence. In that period he was working for all the top producers in Jamaica
including, Mikey Dread
Mikey Dread
, George Phang , Sly & Robbie , Philip "Fatis" Burrell , Channel One, Prince Jammy , and Donovan Germain , as well as recording for United States-based Lloyd "Bullwackie" Barnes (the Wicked A Go feel It album from 1984). His biggest hits included "Herbman Hustling", "No Vacancy", "Jamming In The Street", "Rub A Dub Sound", "Buy Off The Bar", "Rydim", and "Devil's Pickney".

He linked up with Sly reissued in US as Showcase (1992, Heartbeat ) with different mixing; reissued as Jah Jah Children 2012 * Black Roots (1979, Black Roots Records 1979 by Mango
for US and 1980 by Island Records
Island Records
for UK and Germany
with other, shorter names on the 10 songs). The LP-album Black Roots, released for the Jamaican market on Black Roots Records , Gorgon Records and Thunder Bolt is dated 1978, so the album is recorded before the year 1979. * Bittersweet (1979, Gorgon Records in Jamaica; Warrior Records in UK ); also released as Give The People (1979, United Artists Records
United Artists Records
) in UK * Ghetto - Ology (1979, Trojan ) – reissued as Ghetto-ology + Dub (2000, Easy Star Records in US * Roots Lovers (1980, Black Roots); in Jamaica
also released as Music For The Roots Lovers (1980?, Black Roots) with Sugar Minott pre-release album was produced and released 1980 * Sweeter Than Sugar (1981, Sonic Sounds for Jamaica, Hummingbird Records for US and UK) * Good Thing Going (1981, RCA
for UK); (1982 Heartbeat for US); Re-issued with smaller edits as Good Thing Going (1994, Black Roots Records) * More Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott
(1982, Studio One) – released on Jamaica * Dancehall
Showcase (1983, Black Roots) * With Lots Of Extra (1983, Hitbound) * Herbman Hustling (1984, Black Roots) * Slice Of The Cake (1984, Black Roots) * Wicked a Go Feel It (1984, Wackies) * Leader For The Pack (1985, Striker Lee) * Rydim (1985, Greensleeves) * Time Longer Than Rope (1985, Greensleeves) * Inna Reggae
Dance Hall (1986, Black Roots) * Sugar & Spice (1986, Taxi) * Jamming In The Streets (1987, Wackies) * African Soldier (1988, Black Roots) * Buy Off De Bar (1988, Sonic Sounds) * Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott
& Youth Promotion (1988, NEC) * Lovers Rock Inna Dance Hall (1988, Youth Promotion) * Sufferers Choice (1988, Black Roots) * Ghetto Youth Dem Rising (1988, Black Roots) * The Boss Is Back (1989, RAS ) * Ghetto Child (1989, Black Roots) * Smile (1990, L&M) * A Touch of Class (1991, Jammy's) * Happy Together (1991, Black Roots) * Run Things (1993, VP ) * Breaking Free (1994, RAS) * Stir it Up (feat. Daddy Freddy ) (1994, Music of Life ) * International (1996, RAS) * Musical Murder (1997, VP) * Good Thing Going (1998, VP) * Easy Squeeze (1999, World) * Simply the Best (2000), World * From the Heart (2000), Blackwacks * Leave Out a Babylon (2005), Discograph * In A Lovers Roots Style (2008), Pinnacle * Tribute to Studio One (2009), Tad's * New Day (2009), Stop Look Listen

Split albums

* Rockers Award Winners (1985, Greensleeves ) ( Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott
& Leroy Smart ) * Double Dose (1987, Blue Mountain) ( Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott
& Gregory Isaacs
Gregory Isaacs
) * Showdown Volume 2 (Channel One) ( Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott

* ^ Campbell, Howard (2010) " Reggae
singer Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott
dies at 54", Associated Press, 11 July 2010, retrieved 2010-07-12 * ^ A B C D Peru, Yasmine (2010) "Godfather of Dancehall, Sugar Minott, dead at 54", Jamaica
Observer , 12 July 2010, retrieved 2010-07-12 * ^ A B C D Barrow, Steve and Dalton, Peter: "Reggae: The Rough Guide", Rough Guides, 1997, ISBN 1-85828-247-0 * ^ A B C D E F G H I J K Thompson, Dave (2002) " Reggae
& Caribbean Music", Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6 * ^ A B C Larkin, Colin: "The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae", Virgin Books, 1998, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9 * ^ "Black Roots Records". Blackrootsrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-12-18. * ^ " Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott
dies aged 54", BBC
, 12 July 2010, retrieved 2010-07-12 * ^ A B Morgan, Simone (2012) "Not so sweet for \'Sugar\'", Jamaica Observer , 22 May 2012, retrieved 2012-06-01 * ^ Roots Archives. " Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott
- Live Loving". Roots Archives. Retrieved 20 July 2015. * ^ Discogs. " Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott
– Live Loving". Discogs. Retrieved 20 July 2015. * ^ Roots Archives. " Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott
- Showcase". Roots Archives. Retrieved 20 July 2015. * ^ Discogs. " Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott
– Showcase". Discogs. A note says that the album Showcase was originally released in 1977. Retrieved 20 July 2015. * ^ Roots Archives. ""Black Roots" by Suger Minott on Mango, photo of the album.". Photo of the albums artwork shows © 1979. Retrieved 20 July 2015. * ^ Roots Archives. ""African Girl", pre-release, by Sugar Minott". Retrieved 20 July 2015.