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Grange hails Channel One's Hoo Kim as a music industry pioneer

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, in extending condolences to the relatives and friends of iconic record producer of Channel One fame, Joseph “Joe Joe” Hoo Kim, hailed him as a pioneer in Jamaica's music industry .

“He was one of a kind,” Grange said.

Hoo Kim died at his Long Island, New York home last week Thursday, September 20, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

According to Grange, the loss of Hoo Kim signals the departure of another of Jamaica's pioneers in the creation of the great art-form we gave to the world called Reggae.

Born on Maxfield Avenue in Kingston, Hoo Kim went into the music business in the early 1970s. He founded the Channel One Sound System before building a studio with the same name in 1972, along with younger brothers Paul, Kenneth and Ernest.

The studio worked closely with the legendary Sly Dunbar, a collaboration which was responsible for the creation of the rhythm for the Mighty Diamonds' mega hit “When the right time come”.

The Channel One label was to achieve more success with many other well-known artistes including Leroy Smart, Freddy McKay, Wailing Souls, Black Uhuru, Horace Andy, and Delroy Wilson.

Joe Joe produced the first Jamaican 12-inch single, which was a mix that combined versions of “Truly” by The Jays and Ranking Trevor, sung or deejayed by a slew of recording artistes.

Joe Joe's footprints extended to New York where he, along with wife Joyce, operated HIT BOUND, a pressing plant for vinyl records and later CDs.

“Joe Joe Hoo Kim was without question one of Jamaica's greats of the music business. He has left behind a lasting legacy, particularly the rich Channel One catalogue, for which generations of musicians will be eternally grateful. Walk good my friend,” Grange said.

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