Snoopy first started writing about black music when he was just 16 in 1975. Initially contributing to New Musical Express, he went on to write for Album Tracking, Record Business, Billboard, Caraibes and other publications. From 1976 until 1981 he regularly contributed to Black Echoes, the world’s only weekly black-music newspaper, based in London. Specializing in reggae music, he worked with, interviewed and wrote articles about many major acts of the day – including Junior Delgado, Matumbi, Tradition, Reggae Regular, The Cimarons, Dennis Brown, Louisa Mark, The Blackstones, Trinity, Gregory Isaacs, Rupie Edwards, Dr. Alimantado, Brown Sugar, 15 16 17, Delroy Wilson, Steel Pulse, Ruddy Thomas, Honey Boy and I. Roy. His ‘Story Of Dub’ series was the first to discuss the origins of dub music – which included the first comprehensive listing of dub albums and 12” disco-45s ever compiled. He also wrote extensively about soul music – interviewing his idol Michael Jackson in 1979. From 1978 he helped to initiate and organize the very first British Reggae Awards shows which were the first opportunities for reggae artists to receive recognition for their music. In 1980 he topped the UK reggae charts for four consecutive weeks with the No.1 hit medley ‘This Is Lovers Rock’ as part of the vocal trio Eargasm.

In addition to writing, he also worked for various record companies – specifically for Dennis Brown at DEB Music in Battersea, the Venture organisation in Kensal Green, Cavalis Records in Shoreditch and Junior Delgado’s record company Incredible Music. In recent years he has contributed sleevenotes for Norman Jay’s compilation albums ‘Good Times 7’ and ‘Good Times 30th Anniversary Edition’. Shook magazine also published his remembrance of the late reggae producer Joe Gibbs. He received a special award for his contribution to reggae music at The Lovers Rock Gala Awards in 2009 which was presented by his mentor Penny Reel. He also appeared in the Menelik Shabazz documentary film ‘The Story Of Lovers Rock’ in 2010.

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  1. Aaah well Chrissy, now ya know! :o) Oh, and I’m still using the forms you designed for me all those years ago for my research! Thank you x

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