Friday, March 18, 2005

goodbye Justin.


just got word that Justin Hinds passed on last Wednesday of lung cancer.
i was fortunate enough to have interviewed him once on Radio K. he was a very kind and enthusiastic man. he really didn't get his due the way he should have in the United States.
in the summer 2002, i went to Toronto to help my friend, Brad, with an a documentary on early Jamaican music, "The Legends of Ska". these shows featured and reunited a couple dozen of the original 60's Jamaican players and singers. Justin was one of the stars. my brother and i got to hang out with him all week. he was always a treat to be around. very gentle and full of life. when it was his turn to sing at the show he rose to the occasion and belted out his most famous hits with his sweet and golden voice.
thanks for the great memories Justin!

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