The recording of the group's Sunsplash performance was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in Zohn and McLane began Money Maker - Blue Riddim Band - Tribute trips to Jamaica in During an early trip to Kingston, they visited the Turntable Club and met members of the Soul Syndicate band, a highly sought studio ensemble.
These relationships were vital to Blue Riddim's later success. These were never officially released. Flying Fish Records released the Money Maker - Blue Riddim Band - Tribute first studio album, Restless Spirit, in Lloyd James a. Prince Jammy and later King Jammy supervised the final mix for the album. These sessions Zalim Zalim - Edip Akbayram & Dostlar - Zalim Zalim / Kahpe Felek never officially released as a full album.
The group's other full-length album, Alive in Jamaicais taken from recordings of their August Reggae Sunsplash performance. Blue Riddim was the first American reggae band to play the annual Sunsplash festival, then in its fifth year. Harmonica player Jimmy Becker, from Chicago, joined the group near the time of the first Sunsplash performance. Becker had lived in Kingston during the late 70s and recorded on studio sessions for Big Youth, the Gladiators, Dennis Brown, and Black Uhuruamong others.
Joining the band at the Sunsplash performance were percussionist Noel Simms a. Zoot Simms and Kenny Sutchar on keyboards. In the mids, the band lost the right to use the Blue Riddim Band name in a dispute with its management company that was later settled out of court.
Changing its name to S. Strategic Dance Initiativethe core band members continued to perform in Kansas City for the next ten years but without singer Scott Korchak and Jimmy Becker.
Founding member Bob Zohn left the group shortly after the Sunsplash performance and died of a heart attack in Ft. Lauderdale in June The group had informally backed other singers over the years who made cameo appearances with them, including Johnny Osbourne in Los Angeles, and Mikey Dread Catalina, Insinger Scott Korchak died from liver disease.
The band was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame the same year. Also ina studio session of mostly instrumentals, Ska Inferno, produced by saxophonist Jack Blackett, was released via Markosa Records.
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