Three days after the killing of Tabby Diamond, the lead singer of the legendary reggae trio the Mighty Diamonds, the group has lost another member.
Tabby Diamond and another man were killed about 9:40 on the night of Tuesday March 29th when a gunman opened fire on a group outside a shop on McKinley Crescent in the St. Andrew South Police Division. Two men and a woman were also shot.
Fitzroy 'Bunny' Simpson, the original member of the group, passed away on Friday April 1st. Bunny, who previously suffered a stroke, fell ill at home. He was taken to hospital where he passed away.
Lloyd 'Judge' Ferguson is now the only remaining member of the Mighty Diamonds, which was formed in 1969.
The Mighty Diamonds band is known for a slew of hits which include songs such as “Pass the Kuchie”, “Right Time’ and “Have Mercy”.
The group which was formed in December 1969 in Kingston, comprised of lead singer Tabby, and Harmony Vocalists Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson and Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson.
They became friends at school in the mid-1960s and were originally called the Limelight, adopting ‘Mighty Diamonds’ after Shaw’s mother started referring to them as “The Diamonds”.
Their debut album, “Right Time”, still stands as one of roots reggae’s all-time classics, and “Pass the Kouchie” which was released in 1981 remains a hit today.