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RIP "JoJo" Hoo Kim

Posted by Ras_Adam 
RIP "JoJo" Hoo Kim
September 21, 2018 07:40PM
Channel One Studio founder dies in New York

Friday, September 21, 201
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Joseph "JoJo" Hoo Kim, patriarch of Kingston's famed Channel One Studio, died in New York Thursday from liver cancer at age 76.
Franklin Irving, a close family friend, confirmed his death.

Hoo Kim was the eldest of four brothers who operated Channel One at Maxfield Avenue. The studio was the hottest location in roots-reggae during the 1970s, releasing countless hit songs that are now regarded as classics.

Channel One opened in 1972 and through Hoo Kim's astute stewardship, quickly challenged established rivals such as Studio One and Federal Records.

Some of the hits from Channel One include I Need A Roof by the Mighty Diamonds, Ballistic Affair from Leroy Smart, and It's A Shame by Delroy Wilson.

Paul Hoo Kim, the third of the brothers, was killed in Greenwich Farm in 1977. Kenneth, the second eldest, died in 2013.

Ernest, youngest of the brothers, was chief engineer at Channel OneJoseph is survived by his wife Joyce, several children and grandchildren.

Howard Campbell
Re: RIP "JoJo" Hoo Kim
September 22, 2018 01:27PM

Joseph Hoo Kim's legacy lives on
Observer senior writer
Saturday, September 22, 2018

IN the 1970s, Maxfield Avenue was one of Kingston's happening communities. Journalists from around the world flocked the area for stories on its people, politicians and music.
Joseph “Joe Joe” Hoo Kim, who died of liver cancer at age 76 on Thursday in New York, had an impact on Maxfield Avenue through his Channel One studio, located in its heart.

Music producer, Franklin “Ben Up” Irving, who has known the Hoo Kim family for over 50 years, confirmed his death.

Hoo Kim was the eldest of four brothers who grew up in nearby Greenwich Farm. Prior to opening Channel One in 1972, they operated an ice cream parlour, slot machines, juke boxes and a sound system.

Channel One became their most profitable venture. The studio produced countless hit songs including It's A Shame by Delroy Wilson, Woman Is Like A Shadow (The Meditations), I Need A Roof, Africa and Right Time (The Mighty Diamonds), Things and Time, Jah Jah Give Us Life (The Wailing Souls), Queen Majesty (The Jays), Ballistic Affair (Leroy Smart), I Know Myself (Ernest Wilson) and MPLA, which was done by house band The Revolutionaries.

The Revolutionaries' core members were drummer Sly Dunbar, bass player Bertram 'Ranchie' McLean, keyboardist Ansell Collins and saxophonist Tommy McCook. They played on some of reggae's finest songs at Channel One, with Hoo Kim credited as producer on most of them.

“Joe Joe was a state-of-the-art producer; have good ears. Di juke box an' sound system dat dem own enhanced dem desire to build a studio,” Irving told the Jamaica Observer.

The brothers (Paul, Kenneth and Ernest) invested in an API console which was cutting edge at the time. It was responsible for the unique sound on Channel One recordings.

But in an interview with American writer David Katz for his book, Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae, Hoo-Kim said even with better equipment than their rivals, things did not start out well.

“(Producer) Bunny Lee said, 'the studio don't sound good', an' I have the most expensive console. I did an LP with Alton Ellis that I couldn't release. The bass was tied to the drum…It wasn't recorded properly,” he recalled.

Ernest, youngest of the four brothers, was chief engineer at Channel One. Paul operated their sound system which helped expose the studio's productions, while Kenneth got into production in the early 1980s when the family gradually left the music business.

Paul was killed by gunmen in Greenwich Farm in 1977. Kenneth died from lung cancer in 2013.

Joseph Hoo Kim helped oversee distribution of the vast Channel One catalogue in the last 25 years. Compilation albums containing the studio's hit songs were sporadically released by Heartbeat Records and VP Records.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, several children, grandchildren, brother, and three sisters.
Re: RIP "JoJo" Hoo Kim
September 23, 2018 12:00PM
Martin Campbell wrote:
The biggest influence in my musical journey, apart from almighty GOD himself has passed on. He was like a father to me and helped me to see life is about giving to others. Kindness was a part of his very being and working hard to achieve his goals gave me the impetus and drive to get the musical goals I strived after.
Oh life will never be the same without his presence but his legacy and life story I,ll shout out from the high towers!
Rest in peace Joseph, I hope we can meet again someday.

Re: RIP "JoJo" Hoo Kim
September 24, 2018 06:56PM
Dennis Alcapone wrote:

The Channel one sounds. Sounds of the Channel one Studio Produced by Joe Joe and His Brother's. Growing up in the Waltham Park Road Area of Western Kingston in the 60s I Remembered These Chinese Youths They Had Business at the corner of Spanish Town Road and Maxfield Avenue . They used to Specialize in fixing Motor Bikes. Big motor Bikes at the time. They used to Call Themselves Well Charged. Then they Build a Sound System and Called it Channel one Disco. Later They went on to Build the Channel one Studio. So they was around from a Long Time Trying there Hands at Different Things. One of the Brothers was Shot and Killed. R I P Joe Joe. Salute For The part you Played in our Musical Culture. Travel Good Sir.
Re: RIP "JoJo" Hoo Kim
September 29, 2018 12:08PM
TRibute to the man on now saturday 8-noon NYC time
click green PLAY button to listen

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/29/2018 12:39PM by Ras_Adam.
Re: RIP "JoJo" Hoo Kim
October 02, 2018 11:17PM
Whocorkthedance Jayman wrote:

Tribute to Channel One, JoJo and the Channel One Sound System......

Today the legendary Channel 1 recording studio at 29 Maxfield Avenue lies sadly silent and derelict. But from the mid seventies to the mid eighties it was one of the leading reggae studios in Kingston. The brainchild of the brothers Ernest and Joseph "Joe Joe" Hookim, it was to pioneer the rockers sound with their resident band The Revolutionaries, made up from a fluid who's who of Jamaican sessioneers. Sly and Robbie's rhythm section were the backbone of the rockers sound. They specialised in updates of Studio 1 classics redone with vibrant militant drumming. By 1975 the modern Channel 1 sound was ruling the reggae world. The Mighty Diamonds, with a mix of sufferers lyrics and beautiful harmonies, led the way, with their "Right Time" album becoming an all time classic. Other groups to benefit from Ernest and Joe Joe's distictive productions were the Wailing Souls, The Tamlins, Earth & Stone and The Jays. Indeed the latters song "Truly" with added deejaying from Ranking Trevor must have been one of the first extended discomix 12" singles. All the main sound system deejays made their way to the Maxfield Avenue studio. I. Roy, who also helped out behind the mixing board, Trinity Jr Brammer, Ranking Trevor, U Brown, Ranking Joe and Dillinger Bullock all recorded and scored big hits on the Channel 1 imprint and their associated labels. Singers like Leroy Smart, Gregory Isaacs, John Holt, Horace Andy, amongst many others, regularly benefitted from the Hookims sharp production skills and the crisp Channel 1 "sound".

The Hookims embraced dub in a big way too, engineering some of the Revolutionaries finest moments. "Vital Dub", "Revolutionaries Sounds 1 & 2", "I Came, I Saw, I Conquered" to list only a few.
After the murder of the youngest Hookim brother, Paul, Joe Joe and Ernest relocated to New York opening another studio and record pressing plant there.
Around 1979 Joe Joe decided to renovate the Jamaican studio and again they were there at the right time when the music shifted from rockers to the newer dancehall style. Barry Brown, Tony Tuff, Barrington Levy, Sugar Minott, Frankie Paul, Little John, Michael Palmer all recorded hits which became the staple of sound systems both at home and abroad. This was mirrored by deejays like Yellowman, Lone Waldron Ranger, Papa Michigan & Smiley, Ringo, Welton Irie who all released fine rub a dub albums. Channel 1, now with Kenneth Hookim often in the production seat, were still producing top notch reggae right up till the advent of the digital era in 1985. With the death of Kenneth Hookim in 2013 and now the passing of Joseph Hookim in 2018 we look back and remember Channel One fondly. They have left us a vast collection of quality reggae productions that will stand the test of time.

The Channel One sound system actually predated the opening of the Maxfield Avenue studio in 1973. It was started by Joe Joe and Ernest Hookim. Ernest in particular had a keen interest in electronics so working on building a sound was the natural thing to do.
In tribute to the Hookims we present here the only three examples of their Channel One Hi Fi that we have. As with most 70's tapes they were recorded by someone's ghetto blaster in the crowd, so the audio quality isn't too great. However sessions 1 & 3 have been worked upon and sound has been improved. The real bonus here though is the second session, although only lasting 18 minutes, it was recorded through the set's amp, and it features the great U. Brown in fine form. It's a treat to hear a good quality 70's recording.

WCTD would like to thank Huford Brown for additional information on the Channel 1 Hi Fi.
Also thanks to Stephen and Rufus

Session 1
Barbican, Kingston, circa August/September 1977

Featuring: Ranking Trevor and others

Selector – Bunny

“This vintage session from 1977 captures Channel One sound system live in the Barbican area of Kingston. It’s a little difficult to identify the deejays present, but Ranking Trevor is definitely here with his fighting talk “Don’t Trouble Channel One”. Selector Bunny (Tom Tom?) plays tunes from top singers like Johnny Clarke, Horace Andy and Dennis Brown’s and a deejay who sounds remarkably like Prince Mohammed toasts “Dis A Channel One Sound” over Brown’s “Say What Your Saying”. It’s also possible U.Brown and another youth “Errol” are also to be heard around the microphone tower.”

2018 Redo:

Session 2
Braeton, St Catherine, circa December 1978

Featuring: U Brown

Selector - Solgie

“Here’s the good quality audio of a Channel One dance held in the town of Braeton. In this short clip of the session U.Brown holds the microphone, chatting over an Al Campbell selection that selector Solgie is running. He sends “Special Request to all Braeton-ites” and rides the steppers riddim of Campbell’s “Spread Your Love” to great effect. We would love to have heard the full recording of this one, especially as an unheard Ringo was also alongside U.Brown.”


Session 3
vs Stereophonic - Bionic Lawn, 30, Windward Road, Kingston 2, 1979

Featuring: Ringo, Welton Irie

“Ringo and Welton Irie lead Channel One into this clash with Stereophonic at the latter’s headquarters, the Bionic Lawn. Welton claims that the “Channel Take The Lead” in this musical contest, voiced over one of the many classic Studio One riddims that Channel One’s selector lets go. Ringo has a plea for “Black Unity” over a heavy dub of Al Campbell’s “Words Of My Mouth”. This is a good little session with lots of tuff dubs on display.”

2018 Redo:

Re: RIP "JoJo" Hoo Kim
October 13, 2018 02:25AM
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