New York: International singer/songwriter Ken Boothe and musicologist Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake are to be presented with ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ at Boothe’s 60th birthday bash, that is being planned by Winner’s Circle & WB Radio on Saturday, April 12th 2008 at Mangoville in Queens, NY.
“Ken has contributed significantly to the popularity of reggae and rocksteady music over the years. He demands respect for taking Jamaican/Caribbean culture to musical heights” said event promoter Conroy Allison of Winner’s Circle Radio.
Regarding Winton Blake, Allison said, “many people may not even be aware that the Merritone Amateur Talent contest was where acts like Beres Hammond, The Mighty Diamonds, Cynthia Schloss, Sugar Minott and even Jacob ‘Killer’ Miller got their break in the reggae industry.”
In a musical career that spans over 40th years, Boothe made his mark during the golden doo-wop / Rocksteady era. He garnered international notoriety, with hit songs “When I Fall In Love,” “Every Thing I Own,” “Artibella” and “Movin Away.” He re-ignited his career when he teamed with Shaggy on a remake of his popular single “The Train Is Coming.” The song garnered mainstream airplay and was featured on the soundtrack of the movie “The Money Train” starring Wesley Snipes.
The legendary Winston Blake has for more than fifty years made an impact on the Jamaican music industry as sound system operator, club owner and organizer of the popular Merritone Amateur Talent contest. Ten years ago he was given The Order of Distinction, Officer Class for his contribution to Jamaica’s entertainment industry.
Among Boothe friends who will fly in specifically for the occasion are John Holt, Leroy Sibbles, Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake, Tony Brevitte of the Melodians and Ed Robinson. All the artists will take turns at the mic in what should be a very lively and entertaining birthday celebration. Backing band for all the acts will be New York based Ruff Stuff Band.