'The Jamaicans' Norris Weir has died

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Norris Weir, a member of The Jamaicans rocksteady group that won the 1967 Festival Song Competition with Ba Ba Boom, died in Port St Lucie, Florida on Friday.

Fay Weir, his wife of over 50 years, told OBSERVER ONLINE that he died from a blood clot in his lung.

He was recuperating from surgery on his left knee one week earlier when doctors discovered the sizable lump.

In a 2016 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Weir said he formed The Jamaicans in1966. He previously attended Kingston College and was a member of that
school's choir.

He wrote Ba Ba Boom at the insistence of producer Duke Reid and Tommy Cowan, his colleague in The Jamaicans.

Weir also sang lead on the song which beat U N I T Y by Desmond Dekker and The Aces and Jamaica Move Up by Al and The Vibrators.

Weir became an ordained minister of religion in 2010 and recorded several gospel albums.

He is survived by his wife, three sisters and a brother.

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