410 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, Ontario

Randy's 50th Anniversary Release Party
LIVE IN CONCERT @ PHOENIX (410 Sherbourne St., Toronto)
with special guests Clive Chin, Friendlyness & The Human Rights

TORONTO, ON (October 27, 2008) – There's more living history coming your way as Brown Eyes Entertainment/17 North Parade/VP Records/KOCH present the OFFICIAL RELEASE PARTY FOR RANDY'S 50th ANNIVERSARY featuring JOHN "1000 VOLTS" HOLT and prolific reggae producer CLIVE CHIN. Randy's was the leading reggae record shop, label and studio in Kingston, Jamaica during the 1960s, 70s and early 80s and eventually evolved into VP Records, the world's largest reggae label.

JOHN HOLT will headline the official Randy's 50th CD/DVD release on FRIDAY, NOV 14th at the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne St), which will also feature a DJ Set by CLIVE CHIN, and with local favourites Friendlyness & The Human Rights participating as the openers. Pre and post-show music will be provided by King Turbo, DJ Chocolate, Suppa Natty, D.O.C., Agile, and Mista Jiggz. The event will be hosted by Delroy Sterling from Mix Supreme on CHRY 105.5FM and Jahmin from the Morning Ride on CIUT 89.5 FM, and is being sponsored by Shanti Baba, CIUT 89.5FM, CKLN 88.1FM, NOW Magazine, and FUSICOLOGY.


Born in Kingston in 1945, John began performing at the age of 12 via talent contests. He recorded his first single in 1963 with "I Cried a Tear" for producer Leslie Kong, and also recorded duets with the late Alton Ellis. Prominence came for John when he took the stage as lead singer for The Paragons, and their recording of notable songs "Ali Baba", "Tonight", "I See Your Face", and the international hit single, "Tide Is High", which was made famous by Blondie.

Holt left the Paragons in 1970 and concentrated on his solo career full-time. By the early 1970s, he was one of the biggest stars of reggae, and his "Stick By Me" was the biggest-selling Jamaican record of 1972, one of a number of records recorded with producer Bunny Lee. His 1973 album, Time Is The Master, was hugely successful, with orchestral arrangements recorded in London. The success of the strings-laden reggae arrangement led to Trojan Records issuing a series of similarly produced albums by Bunny Lee starting with the 1,000 Volts of Holt in 1973, a compilation of Holt's reggae cover versions of popular hits such as "Help Me Make It Through The Night" (written by actor Kris Kristofferson,) Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are" and Diana Ross's "Touch Me In The Morning" amongst others.


CLIVE CHIN has worked with the likes of The Wailers, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Lee Perry and Black Uhuru, among others. He began working at Randy's Record Store, his father's business, and began helping make the associated studio, Randy's Studio 17, one of the most important Jamaican studios of the early 1970s. Chin's first major commercial success was Java, an international hit by Augustus Pablo. He had further local hits with Dennis Brown's "Cheater", and Junior Byles' "King of Babylon", and produced Pablo's debut album, This Is Augustus Pablo. Chin produced the Java Java Dub album in 1973, which he claims was the first ever dub album. Further local hits followed with Carl Malcolm's "Miss Wire Waist" and "Fattie Bum Bum", which, with the help of Jonathan King, became a UK chart hit in 1975, reaching #8. After his family business moved to New York City, Chin spent some fifteen years running a Jamaican restaurant in Queens. He began producing again in 1998. In 2007 VP Records started an imprint 17 North Parade to reissue some of the historic Randy's releases.

Doors @ 9pm / Show @ 10pm
19+ ID Required


Shanti Baba - 416.504.5034
Play De Record - 416.586.0380
Rotate This - 416.504.8447
Soundscapes - 416-537-1620
Wires Variety - 647.435.0172
Genesis One - 647.868.5737
Strictly Roots - 416.757.1024

Treajah Isle (Eglinton W.) - 416.787.7615
Nicey's (Vaughn Rd.) - 416.656.5648
Tipper's (Jane/Weston Rd.) - 416-240-8335
Dinky's (Jane/Finch Mall) - 416-633-2981

Essence Hair Studio (Ajax) - 905.428.3264
System Music Warehouse (Pickering) - 905.831.4969
Nicey's (Scarborough) - 416.497.9717
Conrad's Barber Shop (Scarborough) - 416.751.0363
2Lined Music Hut (Malvern) - 416.264.3999
Nappy's (Markham) - 905.948.0884

Nicey's (Brampton) - 905.450.6045
Nicey's (Mississauga) - 905.270.4417
Nappy's (Brampton) - 905.453.3037
Nappy's (Mississauga) - 905.949.6787
Granny's Place (Mississauga) - 905.272.4950

For more information, please visit http://www.browneyesentertainment.com

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