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VETERAN SINGER JOHN HOLT IS DEAD
Veteran Jamaican reggae singer John Holt died in a London hospital on Sunday. He was 69. Copeland Forbes, Holt’s manager since 2006, confirmed the entertainer’s passing. “John died at 2:40 am English time. His [John’s] nephew informed of his death,” ... read more

SUPER CAT RETURNS FOR STING
DEEJAY Super Cat, who figured in an infamous 1991 Sting clash with Ninja Man, is one of the headliners for the Boxing Day event which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Sting founder and promoter Isaiah Laing told Splash that American rapper ... read more

REGGAE SALES SLUGGISH IN N. AMERICA
REGGAE albums continue to show poor sales in the lucrative North American market, according to the latest figures from Nielsen Soundscan. The sales tracker reports that the top five albums on the Billboard Reggae Album chart returned paltry numbers ... read more

HILL GETS TIME OFF FOR TOUR
A FEDERAL judge in New Jersey is allowing Lauryn Hill to go on tour before completing her sentence on a tax conviction. Attorney Nathan Hochman says Hill has been permitted to work during the last six weeks of this year before finishing the balance ... read more

TESSANNE CHIN ON A MUSICAL HIGH
SINGER Tessanne Chin is still on cloud nine following the broadcast of her audition for the televised talent show, The Voice, on American network NBC on Tuesday. Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, Chin described watching her pre-recorded performance as surreal... read more

THE MIGHTY SPARROW IS OUT OF A COMA AND IS CONSCIOUS
CARIBBEAN Cultural Icon “recovering well,” says daughter. “Out of a coma and recovering well.” That medical report card on the condition of the Mighty Sparrow came from a daughter, Michelle Francisco, who described the Caribbean cultural icon as ... read more

'SCRATCH' AND 'CHINNA' TO GET MUSGRAVE MEDALS
TWO veteran musicians are among the eight Jamaicans to be awarded Musgrave medals at a ceremony planned for the Institute of Jamaica's (IOJ) located in downtown Kingston on October 16. Producer/musician Lee 'Scratch' Perry and guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith will be ... read more

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JOHN HOLT

John Kenneth Holt (11 July 1947 – 19 October 2014) was born in Kingston in 1947. He recorded his first single in 1963. He achieved prominence as lead singer of the Paragons. During his time with the Paragons, he also recorded solo material for Studio One and Prince Buster. Holt left the Paragons in 1970 and by the early 1970s, he was one of the biggest stars of reggae. Holt's style, notably slower and more romantic than most of his contemporaries, is a recognisable forerunner of the lovers rock sub-genre. Having been taken ill at the One Love Festival on 16 August, Holt died on 19 October 2014 in a London hospital. Read more about John Holt on his Facebook page.

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