Vilma "Smokey's Vilma" Whyte-Ellington - Lifetime Member and Director

Vilma Whyte the heart and soul of VRCA in New York. When asked to say something about herself the answer was “ Fabulous, Young and Versatile”. Enough said!!

A very vocal member of our organization she keeps the administration on their toes. With her irrepressible attitude and wide network of friends Vilma has brought ticket sales for our Memorial Weekend “Sit-in” and the New York annual Christmas party to unprecedented levels.

An ardent music fan from her days in Jamaica, Vilma recalls accompanying her father to Des Pernaza a top music spot on the corner of North & Regent Streets in Kingston. Later she was renowned as a real music fan frequenting all the top music spots and as a strong supporter of  “Soul Shack” an iconic disco in Jamaica operated by the legendary Bunny Goodison. Her first collection of records which she left in Jamaica when she migrated, was taken from her friend Lager Reid. Luckily she returned, found them and took them to New York. Vilma credits her record collection to this start, Garfield “Gary” Green and also her friends in the collecting fraternity who have shared some doubles with her. Interestingly she now accompanies Gary to the record shows where she claims to buy only from the” penny section”.

Never failing to entertain she recalls her first public date at Milo’s place on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn New York. Accompanied by her entourage who cheered for everything she played she in her words “brought the house down”. She plays what she loves and enjoys her music as we enjoy her entertaining musical offerings from time to time.

Vilma became a member of VRCA in 2010 and has given the organization tremendous support. In 2018, she was appointed as a Lifetime member and Director.