Today in Reggae History

Reggae: Reggae Bands

Historical Events

  • 1980-03-27 "Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 1980-04-13 "Reggae" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 21 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981-05-21 Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley

Famous Birthdays

  • 1936-03-20 Lee "Scratch" Perry, Jamaican Reggae artist
  • 1938-05-28 Prince Buster, Jamaican reggae musician/producer (Madness)
  • 1942-07-16 Desmond Dekker, [Dacris], Jamaica, reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites)
  • 1944-10-19 Peter Tosh [Winston Hubert McIntosh], Jamaica, reggae musician (Mystic Man, Mama Africa)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945-02-06 Bob [Robert Nesta] Marley, Nine Mile St Ann, Jamaican reggae musician and singer-songwriter (Wailers-No Woman)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1946-11-22 Aston Barrett, Jamaican reggae bassist (I Shot the Sheriff)
  • 1948-03-01 Burning Spear, [Winston Rodney], Jamaican reggae singer
  • 1948-03-05 Eddy Grant, Guyana, reggae performer (Electric Avenue)
  • 1948-04-01 Jimmy Cliff, Reggae singer
  • 1950-12-17 Carlton Barrett, Jamaicans reggae drummer (Bob Marley & Wailers)
  • 1951-05-16 Jonathan Richman, rocker (Modern Lovers-New England, Egyptian Reggae)
  • 1952-05-10 Sly Dunbar, reggae drummer (Sly & Robbie), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1953-01-01 Alpha Blondy, [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer (Jerusalem)
  • 1953-09-27 Robbie Shakespeare, Jamaica, reggae bassist (Sly & Robbie-DJ Riot)
  • 1954-12-25 Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1957-11-20 James Brown, British reggae singer/drummer (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1958-01-26 Norman Lamont Hassan, British reggae musician (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1959-01-23 Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1959-02-15 Ali Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1962-08-03 Lucky Dube, South African reggae singer
  • 1965-12-05 Wayne Smith, Jamaican reggae musician
  • 1966-01-17 Shabba Ranks, reggae singer
  • 1968-10-17 Ziggy Marley, reggae performer and son of Bob Marley

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1968-10-22 Shaggy [Orville Richard Burrell], reggae rapper (Boombastic), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Pop Singer and Rapper Shaggy
Pop Singer and Rapper
Shaggy
  • 1972-02-02 Tego Calderón, nominated reggaeton singer/rapper.
  • 1973-01-09 Sean Paul, reggae singer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1974-10-31 Natasja Saad, Danish hip hop and reggae artist (d. 2007)
  • 1977-02-03 Daddy Yankee, reggaeton singer/rapper.
  • 1979-06-30 Matisyahu, Hasidic Jewish Reggae singer
  • 1981-08-21 Collie Buddz, (Colin Harper) Reggae & Dancehall artist
  • 1990-02-03 Sean Kingston, American reggae rapper

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1966-02-10 Reggae Musician Bob Marley (21) marries fellow musician Rita Anderson (19)

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981-05-11 Bob Marley, reggae singer, dies of brain & lung cancer at 36

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • 1983-09-15 Prince Far I, reggae deejay, producer and Rastafarian
  • 1987-04-17 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • 1987-09-11 Peter Tosh, reggae singer shot dead in Jamacia at 42
  • 2000-10-19 Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1941)
  • 2007-06-24 Natasja Saad, Danish reggae and dancehall artist (b. 1974)
  • 2007-06-26 Natasja Saad, Danish Reggae singer (b. 1974)
  • 2007-12-25 Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
  • 2011-03-15 Smiley Culture, British reggae singer, David Victor Emmanuel. (b. 1962)