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California, United States
Reggae / Rock
The Enforcers was a South Bronx based reggae band. In the Winter/Spring of 1983 after the separation of Catch-A-Fire, Jahmings Maccow's previous band. B.T. Express road manager Joe met with Jahmings to discuss and arrange a meeting with Columbia Records A&R Barry at his office on 51st Street in Manhattan about recording some songs. The meeting took place sometime in late February or early March, and Barry discussed with Jahmings about recording "Fever," a song written by: Joe Tex and done by: Peggy Lee. After the meeting Joe gave Jahmings a "2" inc. tape to start the recording procedures.
Jahmings took a vinyl 45 recording copy of Fever done by: Peggy Lee down to Brooklyn to his bass player & producer friend Paul Henton's apartment to take a listen. After listening to the recording several times over, Paul asked Jahmings what kind of feel or ideas he had for the song. Jahmings replied, a reggae feel. Paul said yes that sounds good, but with a rubba dub feel. So, they both started to work on the arrangement for the song. A week later, Jahmings called up bass player Cliff O'donoghue, another previous member of Catch-A-Fire Band and told him about the project he was working on, and that he will need him to help put a band together for it.
Cliff called up singer/songwriter/rhythm guitar player Patrick Ramsey and R&B Reggae drummer Linden Aaron, and asked them to come across town to help put together a band for a project that Jahmings was working on for the A&R department of Columbia Records. Patrick and Lyndon agreed and the band was put together at Cliff's house in the basement.
Patrick however was not showing up for rehearsal on a regular basis, so Cliff decided to invite a Bullwackies Studio guitar player by the name of Conrad, from the Bronx, to come down to Brooklyn and help out the band.
On the day of Conrad's arrival, Patrick showed up almost at the end of the rehearsal with two females on each of his arms, with a big grin on his face like as if everything was just one big joke. So at the end of the rehearsal Conrad pulled Jahmings and Cliff aside and told them, that this is not a serious environment here to work in and invited both of them up to the Bronx to join up with drummer Buckey at Bullwackies Studio, but Cliff declined.
Jahmings who was living in the Bronx at the time left with Conrad, who offered to give him a ride home. On the way up to the Bronx, Conrad gave Jahmings his telephone number and told him he should consider putting together a band in the Bronx, and that he knew of a bass player by the name of Terry who can fill the bass slot.
A week later, Jahmings called up Conrad and told him to get in touch with Terry, that he would like to start working on some new songs arrangement and he is ready to put a new band together.
Two days later, Conrad called back Jahmings and told him that had gotten in touch with Terry and he had scheduled a rehearsal at Makonnen's house, a guitar player for The Meditations at the time.
When Jahmings, Conrad and Terry showed up at Makonnen's house for rehearsal they had no drummer, so Makonnen volunteered to fill in as drummer. Jahmings worked on "Fever" and two other new songs, entitled "Yesterday" (Memories) and "Strong Man" (Panya Ground.)
After the rehearsal Jahmings walked over to Makonnen and thanked him for filling in as drummer for him, and asked him what did he think of the songs that they rehearsed.
Makonnen told him that he particularly liked two of the songs that was rehearsed that night. The songs were "Yesterday" (Memories) and "Strong Man" (Panya Ground.) The band rehearsed at Makonnen's house for a month before moving farther uptown on the Grand Concourse to Vista's house, where they were joined by keyboards player Rudy (Obidali) and drummer Buckey.
On April 28/1983 Jahmings' new band, The Enforcers recorded the Rhythm tracks for "Fever" at Phillip Smart Recording Studios, Freeport, Long Island, NY. Seven or eight days later on May 7/1983 The Enforcers recorded "She Is Gone" and "Shanty Town" and "Memories" at Quadrasonic Recording Studio, 723 7th Avenue, New York City. On June 8/1983 Jahmings went back to Freeport, Long Island and finished up the recording for "Fever." For the next ten to twelve months Jahmings wrote a string of songs for the band, as the band alternated rehearsal between Vestas house and Bullwackies' Studio.
In rememberence of the late Isaac
The late Keyboards player Issac, Saac as we used to call him was the first Keyboards player, to work on the song "She Is Gone" with Jahmings. We were saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Saac.
Liquidcyber Records & Jahmings Maccow, want to send a special condolence to the family of Saac. May Jah bless and abide with you all, always.