Mighty Diamonds singer Tabby Diamond killed in drive-by shooting

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by Howard Campbell

[KINGSTON, Jamaica] – Tabby Diamond, lead singer of The Mighty Diamonds for over 50 years, was fatally shot in Jamaica on March 29 in a driving incident. He was 66 years old.

According to police reports, Tabby Diamond, real name Donald Shaw, was one of four people shot dead in the tough Olympic Gardens area of ​​the Jamaican capital. Another man died in the shooting.

Police are investigating the incident but have yet to make an arrest.

Tabby, along with Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson and Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson formed The Mighty Diamonds in Trench Town in 1969. Their many hit songs include roots-reggae anthems, I need a roofRight Time, Africa and Have Mercy which were recorded at the Channel One studio in the 1970s.

In 1982, the trio had their biggest commercial success with Pass The Kouchie. A song about the Rastafarian ritual of sharing the marijuana pipe while smoking. It was a big hit in reggae circles in the US and UK. It inspired Pass The Dutchie, an international hit by British reggae band Musical Youth that year.

Drummer Sly Dunbar, who played on many of the Diamonds’ biggest hits, said he heard about Tabby’s death while driving home.

“I prayed it wasn’t true when I heard he got shot, but I started getting text messages confirming it. Tabby was a great singer and a humble person,” did he declare.

the Mighty Diamonds received the Order of Distinction, Jamaica’s sixth highest honor, in 2021 for their contributions to the development of Jamaican music.

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