A-Z of Reggae – P – Sonia Pottinger

A-Z of Reggae – P – Sonia Pottinger


Today on the A-Z of Reggae Podcast on Newstyle Radio…

P – Sonia Pottinger

Sonia Eloise Pottinger OD (21 June 1931 – 3 November 2010) was a Jamaican reggae record producer.

An icon in the music business, Sonia Pottinger was the first female Jamaican record producer and produced artists from the mid-1960s until the mid-1980s.

Married to music producer Lyndon Pottinger, she opened her Tip Top Records Shop in 1965 and started to record musicians in 1966. The first single she issued was “Every Night” by Joe White & Chuck. Other artists recorded during this period include Roland Alphonso. Throughout the rock steadyand early reggae eras, she became very prolific with hits by The Ethiopians (“The Whip”), Delano Stewart, The Melodians (“Swing And Dine”), Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis and Toots & the Maytals, released on her Gay Feet, Tip Top, Rainbow, and High Note labels. In the early 1970s her work was less prolific, but in 1974 she bought the Treasure Isle label from long-time friend Duke Reid shortly before his death. Her rights to the label’s recordings were challenged by the Jamaica Recording and Publishing Studio Limited (the company created by Reid’s rival Clement “Coxsone” Dodd), Reid’s son Anthony and his company Treasure Isle Records International Limited, and Edward “Bunny” Lee, but the case was decided in her favour in 2009.