Born OTD in 1944, the Queen of Rocksteady, Phyllis Dillon. “..it was at the Glass Bucket that Phyllis Dillon met Lynn Taitt after The Vulcans performed. Taitt complimented her singing and suggested she begin recording. He took her a few days later to meet Duke Reid at Treasue Isle Records. She was just 19 years old when she recorded her first tune for Reid, a tune called ‘Don’t Stay Away’, which she had written herself.”

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These are the Songbirds: Pioneering Women of Jamaican Music. Featuring exclusive photos and dozens of interviews from the women themselves, or those who knew them, Heather Augustyn, author of three previously-published books on Jamaican music history, brings to life the stories of these inspirational women so that their music can be savored and their lives finally celebrated.  Available in store and online.

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