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Sonia Pottinger passed away

Sonia Pottinger passed away

Sonia Pottinger passed away

By United Reggae on Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 2 comments

First Jamaican female producer Sonia Pottinger passed away.


As reported by Jamaica Observer, Mrs Sonia Pottinger passed away this week. She was the most important Jamaican woman involved in music business and the first Jamaican female reggae record producer. Ms P. opened the Tip Top Record shop in 1965 and began producing local artists the following year. Her first single production was Every Night by Joe White and Chuck. She produced artists from the mid 1960s until the mid 1980s : Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths, Alton Ellis, U Roy, Big Youth and Culture among others on her Gay Feet, Tip Top, Rainbow and High Note labels. In 1974, she bought Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label shortly before his passing.

The works of Lee Perry, Coxsone Dodd, Bunny Lee are rightfully celebrated, but Pottinger's productions were always top ranking.

Another sad news for Reggae Community. May the grand lady of JA music rest in peace.

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Posted by Brian Keyo on 11.08.2010
Mrs. Doris Darlington, mother of Clement Dodd, was Jamaica's first female producer. Mrs. Pottinger began several years later in 1965.

Posted by Nabby Clifford on 11.16.2010
Going to miss, this great artist.

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