Jah Itagaki's REGGAE LIFE
   This Day in Reggae
and Nubian, Rasta, herb and related history

 May 2
1999: Tatsuyuki Aoki [Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra; drums] passes away. Age 32. (b. August 15, 1966)
At about 11:15 p.m., he was hit by train at Gotokuji station yard (Odakyu line), Tokyo.

 May 3
----: Norman Grant [Twinkle Brothers; vocals/drums] is born.
2012: Lloyd Brevett [Skatalites; bass] passes away at the age of 80.

 May 4
1494: Christopher Columbus sets foot on Jamaica.
1954: (some say 1955 or 1956): Jacob "Killer" Miller is born in Mandeville, Jamaica.
1977: Eagles' reggae-styled tune "Hotel California" peaks at #1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.
1998: Tommy McCook, veteran musician and former leader of the Skatalites, passes away on this day (or next morning) in his home in Atlanta, Georgea, from multiple complications including pneumonia. Age 71. (b. March 4, 1927, some say March 3)
2004: Producer and label operator Clement "Coxsone" Dodd dies of a heart attack at his studio in Kingston, Jamaica. Age 72.

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