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Radio Facts is sorry to report that industry vet Danny Sims has died. We are awaiting further details.

Once married to model Beverly Johnson,  Danny Sims has been in the music business since the early ’60s. He signed Bob Marley and the Wailers to a 5-year contract back in the days before there was reggae music. A longtime business partner of Johnny Nash, the early reggae pioneer, Sims has a controversial, colorful past, and seems to be sitting on the greatest treasure trove of unreleased Bob Marley material there is. When he sold Chris Blackwell the remainder of Bob’s contract in 1972, he launched the modern era of Reggae. His recent release, an ECD called  Bob Marley: Soul Almighty the formative years Vol. 1  has at long last begun to unlock vaults which have been closed almost 30 years! To read more about Danny Sims’ involvement with the original Wailers, read the  liner notes  to the album mentioned above. Danny runs JAD Records in Santa Monica, CA, which will be releasing early (and RARE!) Bob Marley music in the future. (information courtesy of Hermosa Records)




Kendall Minter October 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

Danny was a true pioneer and warrior and had such an incredible life story and journey. From Memphis to NYC to Johannesburg to London to Ghana to the Dominican Republic. Danny’s involvement with the careers of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh & Bunny Wailer and with Johnny Nash and others is the stuff that movies are made from (stay tuned). He made a true impact on the entertainment industry and will be missed. Condolences to his daughter,son, brothers and other surviving family members.
kendall A. Minter, Esq.

David Linton October 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Danny Sims really was what one would call a “Renaissance Man” He saw things from a global perspective before it became a “buzz term”. His contribution to the development of Reggae Music as we know it today is immeasurable. I’m fortunate to have known him and thankful for the advice he gave me during my ears at Island Records & the fun time we shared as a friend of the family. My deepest sympathy to his daughter, brothers,sisters & the entire Sims family.


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