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by Marcia Higgs
(Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
Joe Higgs | Photo: Jamaica Observer
Joe Higgs was the FIRST singer /musician to emerge out of Trench Town. He taught many who were inspired by his craft.
His students included, but were bot limited to, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Judy Mowatt, Derrick Harriott and Wailing Souls to name a few.
In 1972, he won the Jamaica Tourist Board Competition. The first prize included a trip to NEW YORK, where he performed at the event put on by the Jamaica Tourist Board. Thus, JOE HIGGS became the FIRST Reggae Ambassador to the USA.
Additionally, in 1973 when Bunny Wailer decided to abandon the Wailers' first international tour, Bob Marley asked the BEST replacement he knew... their musical mentor, JOE HIGGS.
For more on this UNSUNG ICON, visit www.JoeHiggs.com
This is fascinating! Thanks for the submission.
You might well be right! From what I am able to gather, Joe Higgs indeed is an unsung hero of Jamaican music in his own right.
Hopefully, this mention will ignite some interest and challenge the institutions of reggae music to rightly recognize his efforts!
He also earned several accolades from some of the finest in the industry, including Peter Tosh and Bob Marley!
"Joe Higgs was a brother amongst the Wailers for years. He was encouragement, and he inspired us and kept us together." - Peter Tosh (1976)
"Joe Higgs helped me understand that music. He taught me many tings." - Bob Marley
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