Bob Marley Jayc Lodge and Sinead O'Connor: The Songs That We Absolutely Love

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Sinead O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O’Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U”. In addition to her ten solo albums her work includes many singles, songs for films, collaborations with many other artists advocate against child abuse and appearances at charity fundraising concerts.

Her second album – 1990’s I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – gained considerable attention and mostly positive reviews: it was rated “second best album of the year” by the NME. She was praised for her voice and her original songs. She was also noted for her appearance: her trademark shaved head.

O’Connor was born in Glenageary in County Dublin and was named after Sinéad de Valera, wife of Irish President Éamon de Valera and mother of the doctor presiding over the delivery, and Saint Bernadette of Lourdes. She is the third of five children, sister to novelist Joseph, Eimear, John, and Eoin. In 1983, her father sent her to Newtown School, an exclusive Quaker boarding school in Waterford, an institution with a much more permissive atmosphere than Grianan.

About the English singer Jayc LODGE


J.C. Lodge was one of the most popular female reggae singers of the ’80s and ’90s, balancing traditional reggae with pop, urban soul, dancehall, lovers rock, and even country music. The owner of a high, girlish voice, Lodge often played the role of the coy flirt, with a teasing sexuality simmering under much of her romantic material. Born June Carol Lodge in England, she was raised chiefly in Jamaica, and in high school began a relationship with aspiring songwriter Errol O’Meally, who would later become her producer and manager. Enamored of her voice, O’Meally convinced her to sing on some demo recordings of his material, and the results landed both of them a deal with producer/studio owner Joe Gibbs. Gibbs had Lodge record a reggae cover of Charley Pride’s country hit “Someone Loves You, Honey” in 1980, and the single was a smash, topping the Jamaican charts and finding success in Europe as well. Lodge’s debut album of the same name was rushed out, but her time with Gibbs would not last; he went bankrupt after neglecting to pay songwriting royalties on the hit.


Lodge finally returned to recording in 1985 with Revealed, which was co-produced by O’Meally and Willie Lindo. She subsequently signed with producer Gussie Clarke’s Music Works label, debuting with 1987’s I Believe in You. Another album, Selfish Lover, followed, as did her 1988 breakthrough hit, “Telephone Love.” One of the first dancehall singles to cross over to R&B and hip-hop audiences, “Telephone Love” was an international smash that became Lodge’s signature song and earned her a deal with the rap-oriented Tommy Boy label. 1992’s Tropic of Love proved to be her only album for Tommy Boy, and the accompanying single “Home Is Where the Hurt Is” proved to be her highest-charting hit in the U.S., reaching the Top 50 on the R&B charts. Lodge and O’Meally co-produced the 1993 follow-up, To the Max, which featured the single “Activate Me.” 1994’s Special Request was a more ambitious effort that showcased Lodge’s versatility as a singer, and also featured a number of original compositions. She experimented even further on 1996’s Love for All Seasons, which paired her with the legendary dub producer Mad Professor. A Japanese-only album called Let Love Inside followed, and in late 2001, Lodge returned to England and signed with Jetstar Records. Her first album for the label, Reggae Country, was released in late 2002 and featured covers of American country songs, both classic and contemporary. Someone loves you honey,telephone love,you can dance.

More about singer O’Connor

In February 2014, it was revealed that O’Connor had been recording a new album of original material, titled The Vishnu Room, consisting of romantic love songs. In early June 2014, it was announced that O’Connor’s new album had been retitled I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, with an 11 August release date. The title derives from the Ban Bossy campaign that took place earlier the same year. The album’s first single is entitled “Take Me to Church”.

While her shaved head was initially an assertion against traditional views of women, years later, O’Connor said she had begun to grow her hair back, but that after being asked if she was Enya, O’Connor shaved it off again. “I don’t feel like me unless I have my hair shaved.


When she won a Grammy in the Best Alternative Music Performance category for “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” (1990), she refused to accept it making her the first recording artist to rebuff N.A.R.A.S. Thus, the title of the song became somewhat prophetic
Ranked #35 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
Had a three-year battle with ex-boyfriend, Irish journalist John Waters, for full custody rights of their daughter Roisin.
The singer decided to turn over the baby to her father.
In 2003, announced she had fibromyalgia, a illness known for causing incredible fatigue. This was a factor in her retirement from music.
Retired from music in 2003 to raise her three children, but announced in February 2005 that she was returning to the business.
Was ordained as a Latin Tridentine Church priest by a rebel bishop; her adopted religious name was Mother Bernadette Mary.
A few weeks after her Saturday Night Live appearance, she appeared at a benefit concert with Kris Kristofferson.
Winner of the 1991 Brit Award for International Female.
Gave birth to her first child at age 20, a son Jake Reynolds on June 16, 1987. Child’s father is her first husband, John Reynolds.
Gave birth to her second child at age 29, a daughter Brigidine Róisíne Waters on March 6, 1996. Child’s father is her ex-boyfriend, John Waters.
Gave birth to her third child at age 37, a son Shane Lunny on March 10, 2004. Child’s father is her ex-boyfriend, Donal Lunny.
Gave birth to her fourth child at age 40, a son Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadino on December 19, 2006. Child’s father is her ex-boyfriend, Frank Bonadino.

Asked whether from her point of view, it is therefore irrelevant who is elected to be Pope, O’Connor replied,

Genuinely I don’t mean disrespect to Catholic people because I believe in Jesus Christ, I believe in the Holy Spirit, all of those, but I also believe in all of them, I don’t think it cares if you call it Fred or Daisy, you know? Religion is a smokescreen, it has everybody talking to the wall. There is a Holy Spirit who can’t intervene on our behalf unless we ask it.

Personal Quotes (11)

As far as I’m concerned, I’m now in the business of making spiritual records and using my voice for that purpose. I’m not going to be singing songs that I made in the past. I closed the door on that incarnation of Sinead O’Connor.
When you live with the Devil you learn there’s a God very quickly.
A writer is the perfect boyfriend, they have lots of time to snuggle and a desk to bend you over.
All what we know as rock and pop music came from blues when you trace it back, it’s history came from blues and in its time blues was pretty much like rap in so far as it had the same format which meant anybody could write a song. It wasn’t too complicated, it was 12 bars, you had three verses, the first three lines were the same, the last line was different, you had a bridge.
[on remarrying therapist Barry Herridge] Since no woman on earth could not adore a man that treats her like a goddess and loves her like a slut.

Personal and public image

While her shaved head was initially an assertion against traditional views of women, years later, O’Connor said she had begun to grow her hair back, but that after being asked if she was Enya, O’Connor shaved it off again. “I don’t feel like me unless I have my hair shaved. So even when I’m an old lady, I’m going to have it.”  Her iconic songs are nothing compares to u,singing bird and only you.

About The reggae Icon Bob Marley


Bob Marley was born on 6 February 1945 at the farm of his maternal grandfather in Nine Mile, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, to Norval Sinclair Marley and Cedella Malcolm. Norval Marley was a white Jamaican originally from Sussex. Norval claimed to have been a captain in the Royal Marines; at the time of his marriage to Cedella Malcolm, an Afro-Jamaican then 18 years old, he was employed as a plantation overseer.

Bob Marley’s full name is Robert Nesta Marley, though some sources give his birth name as Nesta Robert Marley, with a story that when Marley was still a boy a Jamaican passport official reversed his first and middle names because Nesta sounded like a girl’s name.  Norval provided financial support for his wife and child but seldom saw them as he was often away. Bob Marley attended Stepney Primary and Junior High School which serves the catchment area of Saint Ann.  In 1955, when Bob Marley was 10 years old, his father died of a heart attack at the age of 70. Marley’s mother went on later to marry Edward Booker, a civil servant from the United States, giving Marley two half-brothers: Richard and Anthony.

Bob Marley and Neville Livingston (later known as Bunny Wailer) had been childhood friends in Nine Mile. They had started to play music together while at Stepney Primary and Junior High School. Marley left Nine Mile with his mother when he was 12 and moved to Trenchtown, Kingston. She and Thadeus Livingston (Bunny Wailer’s father) had a daughter together whom they named Claudette Pearl, who was a younger sister to both Bob and Bunny. Now that Marley and Livingston were living together in the same house in Trenchtown, their musical explorations deepened to include the latest R&B from United States radio stations whose broadcasts reached Jamaica, and the new ska music.

Bob-Marley with guitar

The move to Trenchtown was proving to be fortuitous, and Marley soon found himself in a vocal group with Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Beverley Kelso and Junior Braithwaite. Joe Higgs, who was part of the successful vocal act Higgs and Wilson, resided on 3rd St., and his singing partner Roy Wilson had been raised by the grandmother of Junior Braithwaite. Higgs and Wilson would rehearse at the back of the houses between 2nd and 3rd Streets, and it wasn’t long before Marley (now residing on 2nd St.), Junior Braithwaite and the others were congregating around this successful duo.

Marley and the others did not play any instruments at this time, and were more interested in being a vocal harmony group. Higgs was glad to help them develop their vocal harmonies, although more importantly, he had started to teach Marley how to play guitar—thereby creating the bedrock that would later allow Marley to construct some of the biggest-selling reggae songs in the history of the genre.

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