The Jamaica Boys were an R&B trio that originally consisted of producer\composer\multi-instrumentalist Marcus Miller (born on June 14, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York), singer Mark Stevens, and drummer Lenny White.
Marcus Miller is known for writing and producing music for musicians such as Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, David Sandborn, Bob James, Chaka Khan, and Wayne Shorter.
He has released 14 solo albums and has done musical scores for movies such as “House Party,” “Boomerang,” “Above the Rim,” and Beyoncé Knowles’ 2009 movie, “Obsessed.”
Mark Stevens is the brother of R&B singers Chaka Khan and Taka Boom. In 1985, they released their first single, “Let Me Hold You Closer” in the UK on Cooltempo Records. It’s unknown how or if the single ever charted. In 1987, the trio released their self-titled debut album on Warner Bros. Records. It’s unknown how or if the album ever charted. The lead single from the album, “(It’s That) Lovin’ Feeling” peaked at #67 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
The follow-up single, “Spend Some Time With Me” peaked at #76 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks. In 1990, The Jamaica Boys released their sophomore album, “J-Boys” which peaked at #26 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
By that time, Mark Stevens had been replaced with new lead singer Dinky Bingham (born Osborne Gould Bingham Jr in 1963 in Jamaica, Queens, New York). He was formerly a member of the Christian music group, New Witness.
The first single from the album, “Shake it Up” peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The follow-up single, “Pick up the Phone” peaked at #60 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 7 weeks.
A promo single, “Move It” failed to make any impact. After that, the Jamaica Boys disbanded and went their separate ways.
These days, Marcus continues to be active in the music business and in 1992, he won a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Song” for Luther Vandross’ hit song, “Power of Love\Love Power.”
In 2001, he won Grammy for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” for his 4th solo jazz instrumental album, “M2.”
In 1997, Marcus played bass and bass clarinet in a band called Legends which also featured Eric Clapton.
He continues to be a film score composer and even composed the music for the CW series, “Everybody Hates Chris.”
Dinky Bingham works as a full-time music producer. He has produced and remixed music for artists such as Kylie Minogue, Zhane, Fat Joe, Alana Davis, Chaka Khan, Lionel Richie, Yvette Michele, Bobby Brown, Ray Charles, Paula Abdul, Adina Howard, and his own daughter, singer\songwriter, Yummy Bingham. He has also served as the music director for Guy.
Mark Stevens has produced & written music for Edwin Starr, Vanessa Williams, Glenn Jones, Ruby Jones, and his sister, Chaka Khan. He appears to be currently active in the music business as well too.
To see the music video for “Shake it Up,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Pick Up the Phone,” go to:
[updated on 08-17-12]