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Wesley Tinglin of The Viceroys is dead

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Wesley Tinglin, founder, lead singer and chief songwriter of The Viceroys, died September 18 at the University Hospital of the West Indies. He was 75-years-old. He reportedly had lung cancer.

Industry insiders say Tinglin suffered a seizure in July at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay while waiting to board a flight to Paris, France where The Viceroys were scheduled to perform.


The group had recently returned from San Diego, California where they did a show.

Born in Montego Bay, Wesley Tinglin moved to Kingston at 12 years-old to live with his sister in Trench Town. He formed The Viceroys with Daniel Bernard and Bunny Gayle, and first recorded for producer Clement “Coxson” Dodd at Studio One. It was there that they did Ya Ho, which is their signature song. They recorded for a number of producers during the 1970s and 1980s including Lee “Scratch” Perry, Phil Pratt, Lloyd “Matador” Daley, Sly and Robbie, and Linval Thompson.


The trio had a massive hit in 1980 with Heart Made of Stone, produced by Sly and Robbie.


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