(June 15, 2005 – Stroke)
The veteran female singer, Studio One recording artist and sister of underrated but very talented vocalist Derrick Lara, died in the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) in Jamaica, from an apparent brain hemorrhage and high blood pressure. She is survived by her two children- Ika and Sheka. Her single solo album for the label was Studio One Presents Jennifer Lara. But, she was featured on a number of the label’s compilations including, Christmas Greetings, Feel Like Jumping, and Studio One Classics. Her best known single was an original titled, Consider Me, which was recorded on the rhythm track of Delroy Wilson’s huge hit, I Don’t Know Why. Jennifer passed away in the Kingston Public Hospital in Jamaica.
(April 15, 2004 – Cancer) Phyllis Dillon passed on at her home in Long Island, NY. She died from cancer at the age of 59.She emerged in the Rocksteady Era and dominated. She was later ‘crowned’ the Queen of Rocksteady. Throughout her career, Phyllis played a vital role in the Jamaican, Reggae and Female Entertainers industry, holding her title as a queen in her own right. She wooed audiences with hit mellow tunes like ‘One Life To Live’, ‘Don’t Stay Away’ and ‘Perfidia’. She will not be mourned but honored for her great fetes as both a woman and an outstanding entertainer.
Louise Frazer Bennett
(October 12, 2003)
Better known for her work in the music industry, Bennett guided the development of some of the island’s leading entertainers. She conceptualized, organized and produced countless shows and charities. Louise Fraser Bennett, Founder and Public Relations Officer for The Sound System Association of Jamaica. She was a woman who struggled in a man’s world and beat the odds. She passed away after a brief illness in Jamaica at the University Hospital.
(October 18, 2000 / Stomach Ailment)
The veteran singer female of Studio One, and sister of famed rock-steady singer Alton Ellis with whom she recorded a number of collaborations in early years; Hortense began recording in the mid 60’s. She had hits such as ‘I Shall Sing’ and ‘Hell and Sorrow’. Passed away in her sleep in a Kingston hospital after respiratory complications.
Sandra ‘Puma’ Jones
(January 28, 1990 – cancer)
The lone female in the world renowned Black Uhuru, Puma was a a strong force in the Reggae music arena.
Admired by women across the world, she had a unique sense of style, a graceful stage appearance though not daunted by her male counterparts.
(Heart complications February 25, 1999)
Her voice was pure soul, her lyrics strong, her delivery memorable. Cynthia like Marcia Griffiths stood out; she was in her own league and unparalleled.
She will be remembered for hits like “Surround Me With Love”, “You Look Like Love” and “Love Forever”
(Brain haemorrhage /Lymph Gland Cancer, January 25th 1994)
Deborahe Glasgow was an English Lovers Rock singer of guyanese parentage who was active from the late 1970s to the beginning of the 90s. Though Glasgow released only one album in her lifetime, 1989’s Deborahe Glasgow, she began releasing singles in her adolescence. She is perhaps best known for her duet with Shabba Ranks on a song initially released as “Champion Lover” on her eponymous album, but recut by Ranks as “Mr. Loverman” in 1990.
(Died tragically April 19, 2001)
After being schooled for some time in the rootical foundation of the music, Senya entered Randy’s studio in 1974 with producers Family Man and Clive Chin backed by the Wailers band. In the sessions that resulted she eloquently echoed the haunting voices of the oppressed in songs such as “Oh Jah Come” and “Children of the Ghetto.
(September 4, 2008 – Heart Attack)
She is one of the original Wailers Band background vocalists.. Known also as Cherry Green, she recorded seven songs with the band for Studio One including “Lonesome Feeling” that was one of their early hits. She passed away in Miami, Florida.
Cedella Marley Booker
(April 8, 2008)
The mother of Jamaican music legend Bob Marley, passed in her sleep from natural causes, at her home in Miami, Florida. She was 81 years old.
(June 24, 2007)
She was also known as Lil T, Little T and simply Natasja. She was a Danish rapper and reggae singer whose vocals on a popular reggae fusion remix of “Calabria” gained her fame and a number one spot on Billboard‘s Hot Dance Airplay chart six months after her death in a car accident in Portmore, Jamaica just after her performance at an event in the St. Catherine city.