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    by » Wed October 2nd, 2019, 00:48

    I have looked around and can't find anything about the Jamaican Charts. I know that the reporting is chaotic, to say the least. However, I have some charts from the 60s and 70s and I'm trying to make some sense of them.

    Is there anyone that can help with papers or magazines that ran charts, perhaps radio stations?

    I live on the US East coast and in going to see my wife in her winter quarters in Florida around new year I plan to take a trip to Kingston to find out for my self. There have been oodles of books analyzing the music and artists but only touch on the reporting.

    With a nation like Jamaica that have generated so much great music and artists, it needs to be better covered.

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    by » Wed October 2nd, 2019, 01:50

    I can't really help (sorry in advance), but can I see these charts from the 60s and 70s? I'm a Jamaican myself and I'd truly enjoy seeing my country's charts… even if it's decades ago with messy reporting lol

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    by » Thu October 3rd, 2019, 01:49

    Quote Originally Posted by osgwel View Post
    I can't really help (sorry in advance), but can I see these charts from the 60s and 70s? I'm a Jamaican myself and I'd truly enjoy seeing my country's charts… even if it's decades ago with messy reporting lol
    Thanks osgwel. Where do you see these charts? Do you recall any major papers that carried weekly, monthly or any type of charts?

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    by » Tue October 8th, 2019, 16:24

    Sorry about my mix of words in reading. I have these old charts from 1959 and I wonder if there are any earlier. Here is an example of the earliest I have:

    18 Jan 1959
    1 Earl Grant The End
    2 Platters, The I Wish
    3 Nat ‘King’ Cole Angel Smile
    4 NK Cole/F Laine/J Reeves/5Fortunes??? You Are My Love
    5 Harry Belafonte Island In The Sun
    LPs:
    1 Earl Grant The Versatile Earl Grant
    2 Nat King’ Cole Español
    3 Louis Prima The Wildest Show At Tahoe
    4 Jonah Jones Muted Jazz
    5 ?? ?? Cocktails With C????

    25 Jan 1959
    1 Platters, The Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
    2 Kingston Trio Tom Dooley
    3 Earl Grant The End
    4 Robin Luke Suzie Darling
    5 Nat ‘King’ Cole Angel Smile
    LPs:
    1 Sam Butera The Big Horn
    2 Elvis Presley Elvis’ Golden Album
    3 Original Sound Track South Pacific
    4 Louis Prima The Call Of The Wildest
    5 Perez Prado Latin Satin

    Then it is very spotty and there are some from the 1960s and 1970s:

    24 Sep 1967
    1. Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
    2. Stranger And Patsy – Down By The Train Line
    3. The Melodians – You Have Caught Me
    4. Englebert Humperdinck – There Goes My Everything
    5. The Bar Keys – Soul Finger
    6. The Paragons – Mercy, Mercy
    7. Patsy – Pata Pata Rocksteady
    8. Oscar Toney Jnr – For Your Precious Love
    9. Derrick Harriott – The Loser
    10. Lloyd And Glen – That Girl
    ......
    01 Oct 1967
    1. The Melodians – You Have Caught Me
    2. Englebert Humperdinck – There Goes My Everything
    3. Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
    4. The Paragons – Mercy, Mercy
    5. Bob Marley And The Wailers – Nice Time
    6. Dermott Lynch – I’ve Got Your Number
    7. Patsy – Pata Pata Rocksteady
    8. Stranger And Patsy – Down By The Train Line
    9. Oscar Toney Jr – For Your Precious Love
    10. Derrick Harriott – The Loser

    13 Feb 1972
    JAMES DARON - AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME
    THE JAMAICANS - TAKE WARNING
    DENNIS BROWN - WHAT ABOUT THE HALF
    TREVOR LAMBERT - BALD HEAD TEACHER
    CAREY JOHNSON - CORRECTION TRAIN
    JUNIOR BYLES - BEAT DOWN BABYLON
    THE DELLS - THE LOVE WE HAD
    WINSTON SCOTLAND - BUTTERCUP
    DERRICK HARRIOTT - HAVE YOU SEEN HER
    BOB MARLEY - SCREWFACE
    ERIC DONALDSON - I'M INDEBTED TO YOU
    ERROL DUNKLEY - BLACK CINDERELLA

    I have about a hundred of them but with big holes in between and nothing after 1972. This is what I'm trying to find out more about. I can't get good information online and I'm resigned to spend some serious time at the library in Kingston. Whatever you have is probably more than I have now.

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