dancehall reggae singer and performer Nicky Thomas

Apparently committed suicide in 1990. A great singer and performer.


After working as a labourer along with future members of The Gladiators, Thomas's break came with "Run Mr. Nigel Run", produced by Derrick Harriott. This was followed by a successful association with producer Joe Gibbs, with hits following in the form of "God Bless The Children", "Mama's Song", "Rainy Night In Georgia" and "If I Had a Hammer".

He broke into the UK Top 10 in 1970 with his version of "Love of the Common People" which sold over 175,000 copies in the UK.[A concert tour followed, after which Thomas decided to stay in the United Kingdom, promoting a compilation album of his work with Gibbs, also entitled Love of the Common People. This was followed by his self-produced Tell It Like It Is album, featuring the near-hit "Yesterday Man", and "BBC", his commentary on the lack of airplay for reggae records on BBC Radio 1.

Thomas continued recording commercial reggae, working with the likes of Lloyd Charmers. In 1974, he toured the UK backed by the musicians who would later go on to become Misty In Roots.

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Jan 02, 2017
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Nicky Thomas was a legend
by: Dean

Hi Graham,

Firstly, I was very sorry to hear Nicky Thomas had passed away he was a legend to the music world, I was watching him on the Old Grey Whistle Test sing 'Is It Because I'm Black', I was simply taken back by the raw lyrics and the punch of how he delivered this awesome song to his audience! simply, unbelievable!I am sorry also that you don't know where your father lays at rest. I knew the presenter at that performance who was Judge Dread, a very nice and kind man, sadly I found out he has passed away too. I wish you well for the future and hope you can find out about where your father R.I.P.

Dec 06, 2016
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Hi there graham son of the great Nicky thomas
by: Anonymous

Hi there I just stumbled upon your dads music at the BBC and I'm intrigued. He was a great man. I tried to search some burial records and high gate cemetery came up but I do I'm not sure it's was for him. Have you tired to contact his band mates. I will keep searching my end as well. Hopefully something will come up. Can your mom remember any of his friends or band mates or fam that might help. Send me your email address.

Dec 03, 2016
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A man with soul.
by: Rod

A cool guy with music running through his veins.A great performer too.x

Sep 17, 2016
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searching for answers regarding my fathers death
by: Graham son of the late great nicky thomas

My father Nicky Thomas passed away when I was a young child ,for the past 20 years I have been trying to find out where he is buried ? And how he died . I would love to be able to visit his grave , if anyone has any info please.

Sep 09, 2016
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Gig at St Mary's College circa 1973-4
by: Paul W

Does anyone remember Nicky playing St Mary's College, Twickenham around 1973-4? Am trying to win a bet with a mate.
Thanks,
Paul

Jul 17, 2016
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Vice over
by: Anonymous

I was a vice over on some of his records "hammer"

Feb 12, 2012
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Updated (Correction)
by: Anonymous

Thats not very jah rastafari of you. Nicky Thomas was more than a mere suicide. Have some respect.

Nicky Thomas

After working as a labourer along with future members of The Gladiators, Thomas's break came with "Run Mr. Nigel Run", produced by Derrick Harriott. This was followed by a successful association with producer Joe Gibbs, with hits following in the form of "God Bless The Children", "Mama's Song", "Rainy Night In Georgia" and "If I Had a Hammer". He broke into the UK Top 10 in 1970 with his version of "Love of the Common People" which sold over 175,000 copies in the UK.[A concert tour followed, after which Thomas decided to stay in the United Kingdom, promoting a compilation album of his work with Gibbs, also entitled Love of the Common People. This was followed by his self-produced Tell It Like It Is album, featuring the near-hit "Yesterday Man", and "BBC", his commentary on the lack of airplay for reggae records on BBC Radio 1.
Thomas continued recording commercial reggae, working with the likes of Lloyd Charmers. In 1974, he toured the UK backed by the musicians who would later go on to become Misty In Roots.

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