Monday, July 12, 2010

Sugar Minott (1956-2010)

Obituary from the Los Angeles Times (July 12, 2010)

Sugar Minott, 54, a smooth-voiced singer and producer who helped popularize reggae music, died Saturday at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, said Maxine Stowe, his wife. She did not disclose the cause of death.

Two months ago, Minott had canceled performances in Canada after suffering chest pains.

Born Lincoln Barrington Minott in Kingston on May 25, 1956, he launched his musical career in the late 1960s as a member of the African Brothers reggae trio.He started a successful solo career in the 1970s, gaining a following in Jamaica's dancehalls with songs like "Vanity" and "Mr. DC" while recording for Studio One Records, the Caribbean island's first black-owned music studio.

In 1981, he had his biggest hit with a cover of the Jackson Five's "Good Thing Going," which reached No. 4 in Britain.Minott (pronounced MY-naht) was known for nurturing young talent with his Black Roots record label and Youthman Promotion company. Reggae and dancehall artists such as Junior Reid and the late Tenor Saw began their careers under his tutelage.

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A review of past playlists will reveal that Minott's voice was a signature sound on The Dread Zone. He will certainly be missed, but his music will be a permanent fixture in the Zone.

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