In 1959 Vincent opened a small shop, named after Randy’s Records in Gallatin, Tennessee, on the corner of East Street and Tower Street in downtown Kingston and started selling old records from the jukeboxes. The business expanded rapidly and, two years later, Randy’s moved to new premises in Kingston’s commercial district at 17 North Parade where Randy’s Record Mart soon established itself as one of Jamaica’s leading retail outlets. Vincent started to produce his own recordings and, in the summer of 1962, Jamaica declared its independence to the sound of Lord Creator’s ‘Independent Jamaica’ produced by Vincent Chin and released on Randy’s Creative Calypso label..

Randy's Studio

 

..Vincent also produced some superlative ska sides, including The Maytals’ incredible tribute to Cassius Clay ‘He’s The Greatest’, but for the rest of the decade he concentrated on his retail and wholesale interests and consolidated Randys reputation as Jamaica’s foremost purveyor of music.

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