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DELROY WILSON: A LEGEND WITHOUT HONOR!

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON—-

WITH the euphoria over Jamaica’s 50th anniversary celebrations, musicologist Vaughn ‘Bunny’ Goodison believes it would be appropriate to honour stalwart musicians whose achievements have been ignored.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Goodison spoke passionately about the oversight of ceremonies like the National Honours and Awards which take place in October.

Delroy Wilson

 

According to Goodison, he longs for the day when pioneer musicians are treated with the same respect as politicians and private sector bigwigs.

He singled out a former child star as an example.

“Delroy Wilson went across all the genres, no one can say they did that. He was outstanding,” said Goodison of the late singer.

Wilson, who delivered hit songs such as Rain From The Skies, Dancing Mood and Better Must Come, died in 1995.

Other artists Goodison believes should be recognised are the late Laurel Aitken; Owen Gray and Eric ‘Monty’ Morris, who all emerged in the ska era of the early-1960s.

“The conditions under which they did it and where they took it; it’s on their shoulders the thing stands,” said Goodison.

He believes the selection inconsistency stems from the ignorance of committees responsible for submissions.

“We need a committee comprising people who have no political, class or colour bias,” he charged.

“They need to strengthen the committee who are going to investigate the nominations.”

In March 2008 Prime Minister Bruce Golding appointed a human resources and social committe to, among other things, “review the system of National Honours and Awards and make recommendations as to the changes that may be necessary to preserve and enhance the value of national awards, while ensuring that appropriate recognition is given to those who render outstanding services to the nation”.

The committee comprised politicians Maxine Henry-Wilson (chairman), Shahine Robinson, Michael Stern, Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, Franklyn Witter, Desmond Mair, Othneil Lawrence, Tarn Peralto, Fenton Ferguson, Kern Spencer, Rev Ronald Thwaites, Natalie Neita-Headley and Colin Fagan.

In recent years, several pioneer artists and musicians such as singer Millie Small and saxophonist Headley Bennett have been belatedly recognised for their achievements.

It means a lot to them, says Goodison.

“A lot of the veteran artists didn’t make any money. They could take this honour to their grave,” he said.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/Entertainment/Without-honour_11452002#ixzz1ulrAwMbA

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