Tyrone Taylor has passed away...

Tyrone Taylor, the reggae singer whose 1983 song "Cottage In Negril" is considered a classic, died on Saturday, December 1st 2007. Producer Norman 'Bull Puss' Bryan, a close friend of Taylor's, said the singer died from prostate cancer in Kingston, Jamaica. The St. Elizabeth-born Taylor, who was 50 years old, had fallen on hard times. He suffered two strokes in recent years and spoke openly of a substance abuse problem that derailed a promising career.


Tyrone Taylor was born in Negril, Jamaica, in 1957. He first ventured in the studio at the tender age of 12 when he recorded "Delilah" for producer Joe Gibbs. The song surfaced in the UK on the flipside of Dennis Walks' hit "Having A Party", but being disappointed with the final result of his first recording Taylor drifted among some of Jamaica's top session men, learning to play a number of instruments. One of his most influential benefactors was Willie Lindo who encouraged him to persevere with a career in the music business.

Taylor went on to record with a number of Jamaica's leading producers, notably with Winston "Niney The Observer" Holness and Jack Ruby, and was signed to Bob Marley's Tuff Gong enterprise. The singer with the golden sweet voice always seemed to do his best work under the direction of Niney the Observer. For him he recorded two Jamaican hits, "Just A Feeling" and "Sufferation", the latter featuring a special King Tubby mix.

It was his own production of the 1983 recorded immortal lovers rock anthem "Cottage in Negril" (no reggae collection is complete without this semi-autobiographical song!), that brought Tyrone Taylor to the attention of an international audience. The single surfaced at a time when dancehall was at its most popular, and despite his gentler approach, he was able to earn the title of "Best Selling Singer Of 1983". His subsequent release, "Come To Me", was not as successful as its predecessor. Undeterred, MCA, who had enjoyed a UK number 1 hit with Musical Youth, signed Tyrone Taylor on the strength of "Cottage In Negril". The contract led to the release of "Pledge To The Sun", which failed to generate sufficient enthusiasm for further output. A real pity, because he had recorded an album's worth of material that was not released. A tour of Europe was arranged without any support from the label, and disillusionment from lack of promotion led to his premature departure from the contract.

Following this setback, little was heard from Tyrone Taylor. But he bounced back on the roots market, releasing sporadic hits, most notably in 1987 when he released "Members Only" and "Be For Real!". By 1993 he had returned to working with his original guiding mentor, Willie Lindo, who produced the album "The Way To Paradise", which featured mainly cover versions in the singer's inimitable style. In 1994 he teamed up with producer/musician Clive Hunt, and released the hit single "Rainy Sunset". Throughout the following years he remained a low prolific singer who gained exposure primarily in the UK. Due to health issues he was sitting in a wheelchair in recent years.

Tyrone Taylor was a talented songwriter whose writing skills have been compared to Bob Andy. As a singer his unique delivery style gave him the special appeal to a wider audience.

Sources : Jamaica Gleaner, The Virgin Encyclopia Of Reggae


  • Delilah.
  • Come To Me.
  • The Tears I Cry.
  • I Believe In Yesterday.
  • Members Only.
  • Lonely Street.
  • Cottage In Negril.
  • As I Think Of You.
  • Rainy Sunset.
  • Crying Time.
  • Got To Come Back
  • Pledge Of The Sun
  • Familiar Feeling
  • Old Cure Wine
  • Sufferation.
  • Just A Feeling.
  • True Confession.
  • Take Me To The River.
  • Unchained Melody.
  • When You're Down.
  • Open Book.
  • Life Table.

  • Cottage In Negril.
  • Sings For Members Only.
  • Jamming In The Hills.
  • The Way To Paradise.
  • Two Of A Kind (with Ken Boothe).
  • Rock On.

  • Reggae Max.
  • Rebirth.