George Nooks gives thanks

Like most great singers, George Nooks started his musical career in the church. Before long, however, he began performing at school concerts and according to him he “always managed to mash up the place.”

After first recording professionally in 1974, Mr. Nooks first found success performing under the name Prince Mohamed, as a deejay on discomix tracks for producer Joe Gibbs, notably on Dennis Brown’s 1978 hit Money in my Pocket, and How Could I Leave, as well as Light Up Your Spliff for producer Prince Tony Robinson. He later moved on to work with other producers such as Alvin Ranglin and Bunny Riley.

His first album, a joint effort with General Echo, People Are You Ready, was released on the United Artists subsidiary Ballistic in 1978. This was followed by African Roots, recorded the following year for producer Linval Thompson.

Mr. Nooks has had many hits in Jamaica such as with Forty Legs Dread, Tribal War, singing rather than deejaying, and released under his real name, which he followed with a cover version of Errol Dunkley’s Darling Ooh.[

The talented crooner would subsequently concentrate on singing, releasing the Today album in 1981, although he reverted to Prince Mohamed in 1982 for an album with June Lodge.

His singing gained comparisons with Dennis Brown, who he would later pay tribute to with a double album.

In the latter part of last year George released the CD Don’t Give Up which took the market by storm. With many recordings and over twenty five hits with various producers and record labels in Jamaica, including a Platinum record for One Time Daughter/Someone Loves You Honey.

Mr Nooks has toured the world and is looking forward to coming to Cayman for the independence celebrations.

As a special gift to his fans who love to hear the singer sweetly belting out gospel favourites, Mr Nooks just released his very first gospel CD titled Give Thanks.

‘That’s exactly what I am doing – giving thanks for the many blessings that was bestowed upon me. I am especially thankful for my supporters who have always been encouraging,’ the singer humbly stated.