Tom Browne

Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)

Composed by Tom Browne / Toni Smith

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Tom Browne's "Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)" as a tribute by the jazz trumpeter to the Jamaica section of Queens, NY. Signed to Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen's GRP Records, Browne felt comfortable experimenting in the recording studio. Browne got the idea for the song while he was at his parents' home. Listed on the session for "Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)" were keyboardist Bernard Wright, bassist Marcus Miller, guitarist Bobby Brown, drummer Buddy Williams, percussionist Crusher Bennett, and pianist Dave Grusin. During its initial release, some thought "Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)" was done by Chaka Khan, mistaking Toni Smith's wailing vocals for that of the Rufus lead singer. "Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)" parked at number one R&B for four weeks in the fall of 1980, while oddly never crossing over to the pop charts. The Love Approach LP went gold, peaking at number one R&B and number 18 pop.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Love Approach 1979 BMG 4:43
Billboard Hot R&B Hits 1980 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:41
Street Jams: Back 2 the Old Skool, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Skanless / Rhino 4:39
Rare Grooves, Vol. 2: Straight Funk 1996
Various Artists
Priority
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Rhino
Street Jams: Back 2 the Old Skool [Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:39
Tom Joyner Presents: Old School Mix 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:17
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