THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS
Photo by Diane 'Livonn' Adam
The Mighty Diamonds, Donald Tabby Shaw, Fitzroy
Bunny Simpson and Lloyd Judge Ferguson formed in 1969 in the
Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica and for the past 35 years have been entertaining and
educating the world with their sweet harmonies and conscious lyrics.
They quickly became known as the young group with the Motown sound with their soulful
harmonies and polished performances. They first hit singles Country Living
and Hey Girl were recorded on the Channel One label. Their debut album
Right Time, released on the Virgin has become a classic. This is an album that
belongs in every serious reggae collection. Right Time is probably their most
requested song when they perform.
Pass the Kouchie also became an
international hit when first released and then again when it was covered by the
Musical Youth and released as Pass the Dutchie
Tabby, Bunny and Judge have produced over 40 albums in their long career and it would be
hard to select just one album as a favorite but if I were asked to pick the definite
Mighty Diamonds album I would have to say Deeper Roots. This album proves
that the Mighty Diamonds are truly the best in the business.
The trio has toured the world extensively and has a strong following in Europe and Japan
as well as in the US. In Jamaica they are forever loved, performing many times at Reggae
Sunsplash to the delight of all in attendance.
By Dianne Gowder
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