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RIP Jah Ruby

Posted by Ras_Adam 
RIP Jah Ruby
February 08, 2021 11:04PM
Barry Biggs wrote:
MY HEART IS SO HEAVY TODAY, BECAUSE I HAVE LOST ONE OF MY VERY BEST FRIEND JAH RUBY. I LAST SPOKE WITH HIM FRIDAY, AND HE DID TELL ME HE WASN'T FEELING ALL THAT GOOD, BUT I'M OK HE SAID. I COULD HEAR IT IN HIS VOICE, BECAUSE WE TALK ALMOST EVERYDAY AND HE'S ALWAYS BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL. I CALLED HIM SATURDAY NO ANSWER, CALLED HIM YESTERDAY STILL NO ANSWER. LAST NIGHT I WAS ON A CONFERENCE CALL WITH SOME OF OUR FRIENDS THAT WE TALK REGULARLY, AND THERE WAS THIS CONCERN ABOUT HIM NOT RESPONDING TO ANYONE OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS. I PROMISED THE CREW THAT I WAS GONNA DRIVE AND CHECK HIM TODAY AFTER MY DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT. I WAS ON THE WAY TO GO SEE HIM, WHEN MY PHONE RANG, IT WAS HIS WHATSAPP NUMBER. I WAS SO RELIEVED, AND I ANSWERED RUBY HOW WE NOT HEARING, FROM YOU, YOU HAVE WE WORRIED. IT WAS HIS DAUGHTER TELLING ME THAT DADDY PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY. I HAVE LOST A LOT OF FRIENDS OVER THE LAST YEAR, BUT THIS ONE REALLY SHAKE ME UP. JAH RUBY MY FRIEND, TO ME YOU'LL AROUND IN MY THOUGHTS FOREVER. IN THIS PICTURE IS MIKEY CHUNG, JAH RUBY AND ME.


Re: RIP Jah Ruby
February 08, 2021 11:22PM
My condolences Ras Adam -
Re: RIP Jah Ruby
February 08, 2021 11:25PM
Fabrizio Laganà wrote:
Right now the very sad news by brother Barry Biggs & Mikey Jarrett about the passing of a great real jamaican crucial legend like Everald Metcalf, better known in the world like brother JAH RUBY.
My very deep condolences to the family, friends, musicians & singers.
His origins as an entertainer dates back to 1962, as a member of a group, "The School Boys", who recorded a famous ska cover of the R&B hit, Dilly Dilly, for Prince Buster. Ruby then went solo as Everald Metcalf in 1965 and recorded a song called “Problem”. He followed up with “Let's Take Another Walk” in 1966. He was christened Jack Ruby by the notorious “Feather Mop” in 1963, but didn't decide to use it as his stage name until 1966. Having started out as a singer, he switched to deejaying in the late 1960s, at the suggestion of Spanish Town based deejay I Roy ('Soldering') and started working with a number of sound systems. In 1976, he changed his name to Jah Ruby to differentiate from Ocho Rios producer Jack Ruby, after an interview about him appeared in the press with Jack's picture. He recorded his first album, “Dread Affairs”, produced by the singer/producer Barry Biggs.
Then came the song Ruby was best known for, “Free Michael Bernard”, about a Jamaican man who was on death row and for whom there was a national campaign, locally, promoting his innocence. That year, Ruby's career took another turn, when he decided to turn to dancing and formed the Black Invaders, which rivalled Scorch as the hottest dance groups on stage in the mid-70s to early 1980s. Ruby recalled that of the six of them who formed the dance group, three have died tragically abroad. Another of his talents came to the fore when he was selected to play a role in the local film, “Rockers”, which featured a number of leading Jamaican entertainers of the '70s such as Jacob Miller, Leroy 'Horse Mouth' Wallace, Big Youth, Dirty Harry and Leroy Smart. He and the Black Invaders were chosen to work in the film after beating out their rivals Scorch, Ants and Roach dance groups in the auditions. Ruby went on to work with some of the island's top sound systems, including Metro Media, before he emigrated to New York in 1983, where he became close to top Jamaican-born radio DJs Gil Bailey and Clinton Lindsay.
After 28 years in the music business, entertainer Jah Ruby best remembers his childhood friendship with the late Bob Marley with memories like Marley living at Oxford Street in West Kingston, while he lived nearby at the corner of Charles Street and Spanish Town Road; going to the once famous inner-city swimming area known as Hot And Cold, near the Jamaica Public Service Company's plant at the old Foreshore Road (Marcus Garvey Drive); calling Marley, 'White Boy' and going with him to Seprod to collect copra. Ruby was more important because introduced Marley to Derrick Morgan, when they were only teenagers. He even remembered the first car Marley owned "a cream coloured Vauxhall Viva." Marley went on to become one of the world's biggest pop stars, but the multi-talented Ruby is still struggling to reach the top.
He has been residing in the United States for the past 17 years and has so many stories to tell about his colourful times with reggae acts like Barrington Levy, Jah Thomas, Gregory Isaacs, the Melodians, Ken Boothe, John Holt and Little John. Ruby has been working closely of late with overseas-based Jamaican promoters like Danny Selassie's Mystic Vibes Productions.
He was currently putting together his own production, featuring Sizzla and Rankin Joe for mid-August in Orlando.
He gained prominence there when he appeared on a show in memory of the reggae singer Alton Black who died in the early 1990s in a motor vehicle accident in Brooklyn. Ruby started working with his old friends the Melodians, joining Lloyd Brevette and Brent Dowe on their New York engagements. Since then, Ruby has continued to work intermittently on the Jamaican reggae scene in New York as well.
His latest album was issued on 2009 with Glen Washington in a "Meets" for his production.
Never forgotten.
February 7 2021
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