Born: May 7, 1942
Died: March 16, 2005
Distinctive vocalist and one of Jamaica’s most talented songwriters Justin Hinds
is probably best known as the leader of the Dominoes, one of the first Rasta-inspired vocal groups who emerged in the ska days. They easily adapted changes in style and tempo when the driving ska beat slowed significantly eventually becoming rocksteady then followed by a style acquiring the title of reggae. Their popularity remained undiminished until the group split up in the early 90′s. His work with Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle Records, where his most notable song, ‘Carry Go Bring Come’ in 1963, went to number one in Jamaica. He recorded seventy singles between 1964 and 1966, and was the most popular artist on the record label. Although not as prominent in Jamaica in later years, Justin Hinds is a household name in Europe, especially in France. Hinds died of lung cancer in 2005.