Chin is one of the great unsung heroes of Jamaica's golden age
of reggae in the 1970s. As the rhythm guitarist for the Soul
Syndicate, the prime studio band in Kingston during that
electrifying decade, Tony helped anchor some of the biggest hits
of the era." - Roger Steffens
music career spanning over thirty years Tony
Chin is a
true founding father of reggae music. Born in Kingston, Jamaica
and raised in the cauldrons of Trenchtown and Greenwich Farm,
Tony's career started off in the Rocksteady era of the late
1960s and progressed into reggae in the 1970s as an original
member of the sensational Soul Syndicate band.
It is hard to imagine a chart-topping song that Tony Chin didn't
perform on or a star singer Tony didn't support. Artists that
Tony has played with include Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Big
Spear, Johnny Clarke, Cornell Campbell, Don Carlos,
John Holt, Sugar Minott, Ken Boothe, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie
McGregor, Judy Mowatt among countless others.
Tony Chin was
prominent in creating the sound that defined roots reggae, and
his legacy includes that Tony and Santa Davis developed the
'flyers' rhythm style that became such a craze in reggae with
classic songs such as Dennis Brown's "Cassandra" and
"West Bound Train" as well as Johnny Clarke's
"Move Out Of Babylon". Though a devoted Soul Syndicate
member Tony Chin's session playing found him included in the
ranks of other notable Kingston studio bands such as The
Aggrovators and producer Jack Ruby's "The Black
Disciples" among others.
Kingston to California in 1981, Tony's rhythm guitar skills
became as highly sought-after in the U.S. as in his homeland.
Eventually Tony joined up with Californian based "Jack
Miller & The International Reggae All-Stars" and later
linked with American pop-reggae band "Big Mountain" in
1993 with whom he toured the world for several years riding the
crest of an international hit song. 1996 found Tony reuniting
with legendary Soul Syndicate founder and bass player George
'Fully' Fullwood in California, and as "The Fully Fullwood
Band" they continue to provide the rock solid rhythmic
support required by today's top reggae singers.
of the press - Tony's new CD!
CD from 2008
debut CD from 2001