Jamaican music pioneering producer, the honorable Sonia Pottinger OD, passes away this week after a long illness. Miss P, you will be missed. It was truly an honor.
Mrs. Sonia Pottinger, who ran her Gayfeet and High Note labels out of her Tip-Top Record Shop at 37 Orange Street in Kingston, is one of the pioneers of the Jamaican music business. She started her career in the Ska days with the release of the hit ballad “Every Night” recorded by Joe White and Chuck. The rock steady era brought hits by the Melodians, The Ethiopians, The Gaylads and others and she continued having hits into the Seventies scoring with classic sides by Culture, Marcia Griffiths, Junior Murvin, Eric “Monty” Morris, Judy Mowatt, Sonya Spence, Brent Dowe, and Justin Hinds. Her productions were characterized by a thoughtfulness, and a certain innocence, that separated them from those of other producers. Many of her productions were instant classics, like the Melodians’ “Swing and Dine” and “Little Nut Tree,” the Gaylads’ “ABC Rock Steady,” Delano Stewart’s “That’s Life,” and the Conqueror’s “Won’t You Come Home”.