Back in December of last year we lost the exceptional talents of singer, arranger, and guitarist, Milton Henry. Milton was a key voice in multiple harmony groups early in his career, including The Leaders, The Progressions, and The Emotions, and he also provided his virtuosic abilities on guitar when he was a member of The Hippy Boys. Milton’s career spanned over six decades as he would go on to become an excellent solo artist and a n important part of Lloyd Barnes’ Wackie’s label. For our memorial for Milton, we covered his earliest work in harmony groups, his solo cuts, and his work as a backing vocalist and arranger. We send our deepest respects to Milton’s family, friends, and many musical colleagues.
Merry Christmas Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends!
Over the last 26 years of the Bovine Ska, we have thoroughly enjoyed putting on our annual Christmas show! During these special programs over the years, we have delved deep into how Christmas has been celebrated in Jamaica through Junkanoo traditions, holiday songs, foods, and even toys and games! We’ve played songs of praise, as well as every Jamaican version of carols and novelty songs that we could find. And this year, we are going full-on SANTA! During this program, you will hear many cuts about Ol’ St. Nick, like Here Comes Santa by Winston Francis, Santa Claus Comes Once A Year by Trinity, and we’ll also tell you about how the Santa legend has evolved through history! Happy Holidays Friends! XO Generoso and Lily
Sadly in November we lost a massive talent when instrumentalist, producer, and arranger, Tyrone Downie passed away at the age of 66. As a teen, Downie recorded with a staggering number of legendary Jamaican artists, from Bob Marley to John Holt to Delroy Wilson. In 1975, Tyrone would become an official member of the Wailers band and he would record and tour with them until Marley’s passing in 1981. In the early 2000s, Downie immigrated to France where he would eventually be dubbed The Father of French Reggae. For our memorial for Downie, we played cuts from his earliest recordings in the early 1970s, to his French production work with Tiken Jah Fakoly which was released earlier this fall.
At this time, we send our deepest respects to Downie’s family and to his many colleagues in music. Rest in power, Sir. XO Generoso and Lily
Happy Halloween Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends!
This year’s Halloween Spectacular is all about THE UNIVERSAL MONSTERS! Yes, with our show this year we honor that golden age of Universal Pictures from the 1930s through the 1950s, that helped make stars out of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and many other things that go bump in the night! You’ll hear some killer reggaes like U Brown’s Wolfman Rock from 1975 and Ringo’s spooky 1979 cut Frakenstine! We also shared some fun facts about the films, and played some rare silly horror disco behind us through the program! So, make yourself a garlic necklace and enjoy our tribute to the Universal Monsters! Happy Halloween! XO Generoso and Lily
Sadly, as we talked about during our last show, our friend, Studio One artist Dudley Sibley passed away back in July. Dudley was a very lovely man, and over the years on the Bovine Ska, he was a huge help to us as he shared countless stories about his decades of working in Jamaican music. In Dudley’s honor, we talked about his contributions to Studio One and we also put together a memorial that features some of our favorite recordings from him. To Dudley’s family, friends, and to the many colleagues that Dudley had in the music business, we send our deepest condolences. Rest in power, Dudley and thank you so very much for sharing your talents and knowledge with us! XO Generoso and Lily
It has been a while since we’ve brought you an episode, and we want to say thank you to all of you who reached out to us with concern during this break. During this time since our last show, our dear friend and fellow DJ from our WMBR days, PJ Porter, passed away. PJ was a magnificent person and a talented soul DJ who kept the soul flame alive in Boston for decades. To honor him, we thought to honor another great voice, that of the legendary Jerry Butler. Butler’s tracks were beloved in Jamaica, and on this show you’ll hear gorgeous versions of his classics like: For Your Precious Love, Only The Strong Survive, and He Will Break Your Heart performed by Delroy Wilson, The Heptones, Alton Ellis, and many more! We send out our love to PJ’s family and to our friend, Art. Blessings to you all. Generoso and Lily
We began this episode with two sets of high flying ska, beginning with Frank Cosmo’s joyous 1964 cut for King Pioneer, Tomorrow Morning! Our mento set this week features some wonderful tracks for all you lovers out there, and our final set of the first hour was a reggae bonanza assembled by Lily which started with a birthday tribute to Larry McDonald and his cut for Harry Mudie in 1972, Heart of Africa! Our label spotlight this week is on Ossie Hibbert’s superb reggae imprint, Ossie Sounds and it is jam-packed with gems from Dillinger, Trinity, U-Brown, and many many more! Stay cool and healthy this summer XO Generoso and Lily
Sorry for the long break between shows, but regrettably, our computer which records our program failed on us and had to be replaced. Sadly, during this long absence, we lost the brilliant talents of Donald “Tabby” Shaw and Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson. Bunny and Tabby, along with Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson founded one of the finest vocal groups in Jamaican music history, The Mighty Diamonds, who for over five decades recorded and performed together. In their honor during the second hour of this show, we put together a spotlight of the label they founded, Bad Gong, which features many wonderful cuts by the Mighty Diamonds, but also highlights their production of songs by: Ranking Joe, Dave Robinson, Bongo Herman, and many more. We send our deepest respects to Bunny’s and Tabby’s families as well as Judge and the many artists whom the Diamonds worked with over their storied career. Rest in power. Generoso and Lily
We hope that this show finds you healthy and strong. We began this week’s program with two sets of ska, starting with Lee Scratch Perry’s 1965 scorcher for Sir Coxsone, Just Keep It Up. After all that boisterous ska, we did an equally boisterous mento set which featured Monty Reynolds 1957 cut for MRS, Go Slow. We ended that first hour with a reggae set selected by Lily which contained a spectacular version to version from Enos McCleod and The Mighty Diamonds that must be heard! As we love Harry Mudie, for our label spotlight this week we dug deep into Mudie’s HAM imprint where we concentrated on his Drifter/Mudie’s Mood and Margaret riddims! Blessings, love, and peace to you all! XO Generoso and Lily
Last Thursday, March 3rd, we sadly lost the talents of singer, songwriter and producer, the Honorable Bishop Ras Denroy Morgan. He was 76. Born in May Pen, Morgan came to the United States to pursue a career in music, and in the mid-1970s, he along with Devon “Igo Levi” Foster and Llewellyn “Jah T” Breadwood, formed The Black Eagles in New York City. Morgan then began a highly successful solo career in the early 1980s as he cut hit tracks in reggae, soul, and funk. You can hear our tribute to his career at the midway point of this show. At this sad time, we extend our deepest sympathies to Morgan’s family, friends, and musical colleagues. Rest in power Bishop Morgan. Love and respect. Generoso and Lily