Word came over the weekend that reggae legend Joe Gibbs succumbed to a fatal heart attack last Thursday at the age of 65. A label owner and producer, Gibbs was involved with Jamaican music from the heyday of rocksteady to the dancehall explosion of the â€˜80s. He played an important role in the careers of so many reggae greats, including Niney the Observer, Dennis Brown, Culture, Sly & Robbie, Errol Thompson, and Lee â€œScratchâ€ Perry -- who wrote the bitter â€œPeople Funny Boyâ€ after his business relationship with Gibbs went sour. Perry couldnâ€™t stop Gibbs, but oddly enough, a lawsuit from country singer Charley Pride over royalties brought Gibbsâ€™ career to a halt. You can read details on all of the above in AMGâ€™s Joe Gibbs biography.
Currently, much of his output is getting the reissue treatment by the VP label's 17 North Parade imprint with a Joe Gibbs Reggae Anthology promised for May of this year. Click here for VPâ€™s tribute and also check the banner on Reggae-Vibesâ€™ homepage for a video of the man doing business in the 1977 film Rockers. Below are ten prime examples of â€œThe Joe Gibbs Wayâ€:
Roy Shirley - "Hold Them"
The Pioneers - "Longshot"
Lee "Scratch" Perry - "People Funny Boy"
Sir Gibbs - "People Grudgeful Boy"
Count Matchuki - "Movements (The Joe Gibbs Way)"
Nicky Thomas -"Love of the Common People"
Dennis Brown - "Money in My Pocket"
Culture - "Two Sevens Clash"
Althea & Donna - "Uptown Ranking"
J.C. Lodge - "Someone Loves You Honey"