Members

                       

Loretta Carter, (nicknamed “Boomshot” by New York record collectors)

Atlanta

Loretta has been collecting vinyl record of all genres and showcased them over the years by playing at places such as the ‘THEN’ Fame FM Radio Station and East Road in Jamaica, on several radio shows in New York, played several times on Reggae World Music Network and at the 2015 VRCA Memorial weekend Sunday event in Toronto Canada.

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Donald Smith - Member

Growing up in Shady Grove in Kingston, Jamaica his early influence in the music came from listening to the sound systems that played near his home as well as his mother who was a great fan of Nat King Cole. In 1965 he joined the highly popular fraternity of Merritone fans, by 1968 he was one of the co-founders of Young Folks Disco out of Mona Heights. Interestingly, he recalls there was friendly rivalry between Young Folks and Ovations Discos, the latter was operated by Clayton Young himself another VRCA member (Florida Chapter). Donald migrated to Connecticut in 1977 where he linked up with Clayton and Wesley Blake who shared a similar passion for the music…...and the story continues. A current host on crazyvibezradio.com his Saturday morning program airs from 9am - 12 pm.  He names his favorite song as The Heptones “Fatty Fatty”.

Donald joined the VRCA team in 2012, the decision he says was influenced by the camaraderie and charitable outreach of the organization.

Morris Goodwin - Member

Morris originates from the Liguanea area in Kingston Jamaica. With a great depth of musical exposure dating back to the late 1950’s his elder cousin from the same area often played at small parties in the area accompanied by Morris. By the early 1960’s he had started a Disco called Safari, which frequently played at the Nurses and Jaycees Headquarters. In the 1970’s he was a keen supporter of Grotto Swing Disco where his brother Earl was the DJ.

An active community member Morris was the Vice president and PR officer for the Liguanea football club before migrating to New York in 1982. Later he moved to Connecticut where he frequented Integrity Store. This is where he met Trevor Blake from the Merritone family. Inevitably this association with Trevor led to even more keen research and hunting for music.

A great fan of Mahalia Jackson and Gladys Knight Morris names “Neither one of us” (Gladys Knight) as his favorite record.   

Morris joined VRCA in 2012. He enjoys the camaraderie and strongly believes in the association’s mission.

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