Born: June 3, 1940
Died: Dec 18, 1999
Joe Higgs is one of the most crucial people in Jamaican music, through both his teachings which allowed other musicians to become great, and also through his own groundbreaking music at the beginnings of ska, rock steady
and reggae. In the 1960s he was part
of the duo Higgs and Wilson together with Delroy Wilson. Higgs was widely respected as a composer, arranger and performer, but perhaps most of all as a teacher. Among those he trained were Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh,
Bob Andy, the Wailing Souls and Bunny Wailer. He died in a hospital in Los Angeles following several months of treatment for cancer.