Music industry heartbroken angered by Tabby Diamond murder | News

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The Jamaican music industry has been shocked and angered by the news that Donald “Tabby” Shaw, the lead singer of the iconic trio Mighty Diamonds, was killed last night in a drive-by shooting.

Shaw, 67, was among a group of people on McKinley Crescent in St Andrew South Police Division who came under attack.

READ: ‘Mighty Diamonds’ singer among two killed in drive-by shooting

Three other people were shot in the drive-by attack.

About “Tabby” Shaw and the Mighty Diamonds

1. The singer-songwriter has devoted five decades to music

2. He was part of the Mighty Diamonds with over 40 albums.

3. Last year, Mighty Diamonds, consisting of Tabby, Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson and Fitzroy ‘Bunny Shaw’, received the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) for their contribution to the development of Jamaican music.

4. The Mighty Diamonds made their breakthrough in the mid-1970s with the song ‘The Right Time’ and were signed to Virgin Records before releasing their debut album Right Time in 1976.

5. The group rose to prominence with the singles “Country Living”, “I Need A Roof” and “Pass The Kutchie”, which was one of the tracks from the 1981 album Changes produced by Gussie Clarke.

Several members of the music fraternity gave Shaw a shoutout.

Gramps Morgan, Grammy-winning singer
It all looks like a very bad dream or may I say a very long nightmare that won’t end. My heart aches (again) to hear that someone I know well has passed away and this way.

Mikie Bennett, owner and producer of Grafton Studios
Singing came so naturally to him that sometimes he didn’t have to put in the extra effort to make a hit. In my experience as a producer, the only thing that separates a good voice from a great voice is a push, and sometimes all it needs is a push. He was definitely one of the golden voices of our era of musicians. It brought a new thrill and excitement to me, who at the time was young in the business, to see him work. Tabby was truly a special person.

Gussie Clarke, producer
Tabby was one of the most humble humans you could meet.

Dr. Karen R. Green, former executive member of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians
The industry has lost a giant who will be hard to replace. His senseless murder once again underscores the need to curb gun violence not only in Jamaica but also elsewhere. As a former executive of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians. I join the brotherhood in mourning his death. I hope the community finds a fitting tribute to this legendary musician.

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