Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)

"Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)" is a 1980 single by jazz trumpeter Tom Browne. The single—a memoir of the Jamaica neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens where Browne was born and raised—is from his second solo album, Love Approach. Browne got the idea for the song while he was at his parents' home.[1] The vocals for the single were performed by Toni Smith (Thomassina Carrollyne Smith), who also helped compose the song. The song hit number one on the US Billboard R&B chart for a month.[2] "Funkin' for Jamaica" peaked at number nine on the dance chart[3] and made the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] but it never charted on the Billboard Hot 100. It later became one of the most interpolated melodies in R&B with the chorus' chord sequence used by artists such as Johnny Kemp.

"Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)"
FunkinforJamaicaNY12.jpg
US 12-Inch single cover
Single by Tom Browne
from the album Love Approach
B-side"Her Silent Smile"
ReleasedJuly 1980
GenreFunk, jazz, R&B, disco
Length3:44 (Single Version)
4:43 (Album Version)
LabelGRP/Arista
Songwriter(s)Tom Browne, Toni Smith (Thomassina Carrollyne Smith)
Producer(s)Dave Grusin, Larry Rosen
Alternative covers
UK 7-Inch single cover
UK 7-Inch single cover

ChartsEdit

Chart (1980–81) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 30
UK Singles (OCC)[9] 10
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[10] 9
US R&B (Billboard)[10] 1
Chart (1992)
(1991 Remix)
Peak
position
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 38
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 40
UK Singles (OCC)[9] 45

Covers and samplesEdit

“The Wika Rap” featured heavy sampling of “ Funkin for Jamaica” by The Evasions 1981 UK Funk/Disco Novelty featuring Graham De Wilde. With U.K. tv composer/musician Graham De Wilde and studio engineer Adrian Sear

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 46.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 83. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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  6. ^ a b "Nederlandse Top 40 – Tom Browne" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Tom Browne – Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  8. ^ "Charts.nz – Tom Browne – Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)". Top 40 Singles.
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