THIS is a year of milestones in Jamaican pop culture. The Third World band turned 40 and is celebrating that anniversary with a worldwide tour.
Here are some other highlights.
45 years ago
* Desmond Dekker and the Aces record Israelites for producer Leslie Kong. The song became a massive hit in Britain in 1969.
* The Inner Circle band is formed by brothers Ian and Roger Lewis, Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore and Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper.
40 years ago
* Funky Kingston, a groundbreaking album by Toots and the Maytals, is released. Contains the title track, Daddy and Festival Song winner Pomps and Pride.
* Catch A Fire and Burnin’, two outstanding albums by The Wailers, are released by Island Records in 1973.
* The Channel One studio opens at Maxfield Avenue. Its first hit song is singer Delroy Wilson’s cover of The Spinners’ It’s a Shame.
* Studio One releases its Presenting Burning Spear album. The debut by the St Ann singer includes the song Door Peep.
* Producer Winston ‘Niney’ Holness and the Soul Syndicate band record a series of classic songs with teenaged singer Dennis Brown. They include Cassandra.
35 years ago
* The movie, Children of Babylon directed by Lennie Little-White and starring Bob Andy and Leonie Forbes, opens.
* The inaugural Reggae Sunsplash is held at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay. Dennis Brown, Culture and Burning Spear are headliners.
* Rockers, a movie starring drummer Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace and singer Kiddus-I, is released.
* The One Love Peace Concert is held at the National Stadium to help ease conflict between political factions.
30 years ago
* Check It, the debut album by dub poet Mutabaruka, is released by Chicago’s Alligator Records.
* The Ten Year Old DJ Wonder, Beenie Man’s first album, is released by producer Bunny Lee.
20 years ago
* All She Wrote, a hit-laden album by the deejay/singer duo of Chaka Demus and Pliers, is released by Mango Records, a subsidiary of Island Records. Six songs from the set, including Tease Me and Gal Wine, make the British Top 20 chart.
10 years ago
* Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry wins the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for the project Jamaican ET. Among the other artistes nominated were Bounty Killer, Capleton and Freddie McGregor.
* Singer Wayne Wonder’s single No Letting Go reaches number three in the UK Singles Chart and peaks at number 11 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.