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Ernie Smith gives Solid set

Observer reporter

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

SCORES of patrons filled the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston last Friday evening to celebrate veteran musician Ernie Smith's 50th year in the entertainment industry.

Smith said he was extremely pleased with the turnout and staging of the concert titled Solid Gold.

“The turnout gave me a feeling of belonging, of appreciation, and of a bridge between generations... it is a satisfying reward for years of enjoyable work. I also felt a special warmth from the nuclear and extended families who travelled far and wide to come celebrate with me,” he told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

The occasion's proceeding saw performances from acts including Pluto Shervington, Ken Boothe, Capleton, Boris Gardiner, Charmaine Lemonious, Suzanne Couch, Lymie Murray, Carlene Davis, saxophonist Dean Fraser, and trumpeter Dizzy Minott.

According to Smith, Solid Gold boasted many highlights, but his most memorable was sharing the stage with his children Ojay and Sahara.

“I really want to say a heartfelt thank you to all who supported the concert and my music over the years. This milestone could never be achieved without you,” Smith said.

Complemented by the Desi Jones-led Gold Band, Smith delivered an entertaining set and wooed his audience with hits including Key Card, Bend Down, Duppy or Gunman, Pitta Patta, One Dream, Tears On My Pillow, and Life Is Just For Living.

Smith, who is still in high demand, said he is grateful to share the experience.

“After 50 years, I am still going strong and that is an excellent feeling. However, if I could do anything different throughout the years, I would have learned to read and write music as well as learn to master a musical instrument,” he added.