Tabby Diamond died lately after being fatally fired at in a drive-in in Jamaica. On March 29, an incident happened on McKinley Crescent in St. Andrew, Kingston, killing one person and injuring three others. The second victim, Owen Beckford, is said to be Diamond’s cousin. According to reports, two men and a woman are being treated for gunshot wounds. According to Loop News, St Andrew Police Division senior superintendent Kirk Ricketts said that a preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting was perhaps tied to a local gang rivalry.
Ricketts said that police are investigating if Tabby’s son’s suspected criminal actions, who is presently in police jail for murder, may have resulted in the singer being targeted. Diamond and Beckford were standing with a group of individuals at a business on McKinley Crescent when an unidentified shooter opened fire, injuring five people, according to the statement. The musician was allegedly hit in the face many times before being taken to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead.
Everything there is to know about Tabby Diamond and Mighty Diamonds.
Tabby Diamond was a member of The Mighty Diamonds, a well-known Jamaican reggae harmony three. Details regarding his family, job, and schooling have yet to be published. The band was established in 1969 by three friends who have been together ever since. They were most known for their first album, Right Time, released in 1976, and their 1979 release, Deeper Roots.
In the mid-1960s, Tabby Diamond, Fitzroy Simpson, and Lloyd Ferguson were friends at school and formed The Limelight. Their silky harmonies and orchestrated theatrical spectacle were influenced by the 1960s Motown vocal groups. Pat Francis, Stranger Cole, Derrick Harriott, Bunny Lee, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Rupie Edwards produced their first records. They had their greatest break in the mid-1970s, thanks to their collaboration with producer Joseph Hoo Kim. Virgin Records signed them, and their debut album, Right Time, was released in 1976. The album was a hit, and it was followed by their following release, Ice on Fire, which did not wow the public.
The group soon issued songs on their own Bad Gong label, and their second album, Deeper Roots, was a commercial success. In the early 1980s, they worked with producer Gussie Clarke and produced their second album, Changes, in 1981. Pass the Kouchie, one of the Changes’ songs, became a worldwide smash. The group’s performance at Reggae Sunsplash in 1982 was recorded and published on an album the following year. They kept releasing albums and adapted to the prevalent digital rhythms of the 1980s and beyond. On Jamaica’s 59th anniversary of independence in 2021, the group was recognized in the National Honours and Awards.
Twitter users give their respects.
Tabby Diamond, as a member of The Mighty Diamonds, remained a well-known figure in the public eye. When news of his death broke, many took to Twitter to express their sorrow:
— Selecta Jerry (@Selectajerry) March 30, 2022
Terribly sad to hear that Mighty Diamonds lead singer Tabby Diamond has been killed in a drive-by shooting. Here’s a playlist to remember one of the great Jamaican vocalistshttps://t.co/bOXCu7x4Qe
— Birmingham 81 (@Birmingham_81) March 30, 2022
So yet, there are no known survivors of Tabby, and further information regarding his personal life has yet to be uncovered.