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Courtney Melody


Dancehall singer Courtney Melody began singing even though still in senior high school in St. Andrew, Jamaica. He woodshedded at Dark Spider Information before starting up with Stereo system One AUDIO SYSTEM, where he caused Ricky Stereo system, Boy Blue, Daddy Freddy, and experienced his 1st record, “Screechy Over the Boundary,” released. It had been performed by reggae DJs world-wide and covered within the U.S. by Small Kirk. A stint with Technique Information produced the neighborhood hits “JUST HOW LONG Will Your Like Last,” “Important to Your Heart,” and “Exploiter.” Melody experienced one worldwide charter, “Poor Boy,” in 1986, which began a operate of dancehall strikes (including “Change Them Back again”) and furthered Melody’s status as an important physique in the dancehall picture. It’s stated his design and sound formed the next era of dancehall performers. Like many Jamaican performers, Melody documented for just about any producer and documenting organization on the isle. He do “Ninja Mi Ninja” and “Inform Dem” for Ruler Tubby; “Contemporary Lady” for Robert French; “PLACE IT Down” for Harry J; “Downpressor” for Prince Jazzbo; “Rootsman” for Redman; and Ruler Jammy benefited from “Can’t Obtain We Away” and “AWAKEN Small Susie.” Melody’s Contemporary Girl (1989) is usually heralded among the greatest dancehall albums ever documented in Jamaica. A daring specific and renowned rough-house, Melody’s profession paused after he experienced accidental injuries from a motorbike accident. Fans had been fleeting, and by enough time Melody offers fully retrieved, his followers experienced aligned their loyalties with newer dancehall experts. Apart from the solitary “In the pub,” Melody was lacking in action through the ’90s, although his waning profession was rejuvenated when Mighty Crown, a Japanese documenting organization, reissued “Ninja Mi Ninja” in 1999.

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Full Name Courtney Melody
Music Songs Modern Girl, Ninja Mi Ninja, Key To Your Heart, Just My Type of Girl, Serious Business, She Turn Me On, Bad Boy Business, Modern Connection, Nah Rough Like Me, African Girl, Down in the Dance Hall, Rude Boy Business, Black Liberation Version, Turn Them Back, Sing It Off, Black Liberation, Girl You Turn Me On, Gideon Soldier, My Lady, Lies & Alibis, Feel The Pressure, Run Around Girl, Just Like the Rain, In Deh, Jah Jah Love, Ready For The World, Oh Jenny, Man in Love, Searching for Love, Crazy Love Affair, Oh Jah, So Good to Me
Albums Ninja Mi Ninja Show Case, Modern Girl, In This Town, Cook Food Good (+ Dub Mix), Serious Business, Mr Melody, The Courtney Melody Showcase

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1 After leaving school while young she became a milliner.
2 Retired in 1940.
3 Was married to an Italian nobleman and could have used the title Marchessa, but didn't.
4 Kicky, flashy Irish redhead and comedienne with vaudeville experience who first co-starred in Broadway musical comedies ("Good News") before turning to motion picture acting and playing amusing and tuneful supporting roles.
5 Second lead actress who often provided comedy relief in her 1930s and 1940s films.



Broadway Bill 1934 Nurse Mae (uncredited)
Jealousy 1934 Penny
The Captain Hates the Sea 1934 Flo
It's the Cats 1934 Short May
Hollywood Here We Come 1934 Short
I Love That Man 1933 Public Stenographer (scenes deleted)
Hold Your Man 1933 Maizie
Cheating Blondes 1933 Polly
The World Gone Mad 1933 Susan Bibens - Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Big City Blues 1932 Faun
The Hot Heiress 1931 Margie
Sunny 1930 'Weenie'
Bright Lights 1930 Peggy North
Not Damaged 1930 Maude Graham
The Song of the Flame 1930 Grusha
Spring Is Here 1930 Mary Jane Braley
Loose Ankles 1930 Betty
Turnabout 1940 Miss Edwards
The Farmer's Daughter 1940 Emily French
The Shop Around the Corner 1940 Ilona
Missing Evidence 1939 Nellie Conrad
When Tomorrow Comes 1939 Waitress (uncredited)
Blondie Meets the Boss 1939 Betty Lou Wood
Beauty for the Asking 1939 Gwen Morrison
Five of a Kind 1938 Libby Long
Letter of Introduction 1938 Woman at Barry's Party (uncredited)
Crime Ring 1938 Kitty
Having Wonderful Time 1938 Emma
The Hurricane 1937 Girl on Ship (uncredited)
Partners in Crime 1937 Lillian Tate
The 13th Man 1937 Julie Walters
Armored Car 1937 Blind Date
The Hit Parade 1937 Tillie
Some Time Soon 1937 Short Patsy
Clarence 1937 Della
Time Out for Romance 1937 Mabel
Wedding Present 1936 Mary Lawson
Two in a Crowd 1936 Mrs. Flynn (uncredited)
It Couldn't Have Happened (But It Did) 1936 Linda Sands
Suzy 1936 Maisie
Three Cheers for Love 1936 Dorothy
Let's Sing Again 1936 Marge Wilkins
Brilliant Marriage 1936 Sally Patrick
The Reckless Way 1936 Laura Jones
Magnificent Obsession 1935 Nurse May (uncredited)
Millions in the Air 1935 Miss Waterbury
Another Face 1935 Mamie - Joe's Secretary (uncredited)
Ship Cafe 1935 Molly
The Girl Friend 1935 Hilda
The Affair of Susan 1935 Mrs. Barnes
The Raven 1935 Mary Burns
Dizzy Dames 1935 Arlette
Break of Hearts 1935 Miss Wilson
Air Hawks 1935 Second Nurse (uncredited)
Men of the Hour 1935 Miss Allison (uncredited)
Carnival 1935 Girl (uncredited)
I'm a Father 1935 Short Secretary
Sweepstake Annie 1935 Marge



Suzy 1936 performer: "Under the Bamboo Tree" 1902 - uncredited
Dizzy Dames 1935 performer: "Let's Be Frivolous"
The Hot Heiress 1931 "Like Ordinary People Do", uncredited
Bright Lights 1930 performer: "Hey! Hey! He's Not So Dumb" - uncredited
The Song of the Flame 1930 performer: "The Goose Hangs High"
Spring Is Here 1930 performer: "Spring Is Here" 1929, "Bad Baby" 1929, "What's the Big Idea?" 1929 - uncredited
Loose Ankles 1930 "The Wedding March" 1843, uncredited / performer: "Loose Ankles" 1930
Makers of Melody 1929 Short performer: "The Girl Friend"



Screen Snapshots, Series 14, No. 1 1934 Documentary short Herself
Makers of Melody 1929 Short Herself, Singer

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Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2009 TV Series documentary Mary Burns
Great Performances 2005 TV Series Herself

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