Funkin' for Jamaica

Gerald Albright, Bob Baldwin, Tom Browne, Marion Meadows, Fred Vigdor, Tonni Smith Buy

About Funkin' for Jamaica

"Funkin' for Jamaica (N. Y.)" is a 1980 single by jazz trumpeter Tom Browne. The single—a memoir of the neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens where Browne was born and raised—is from his second solo album, Love Approach. Browne got the idea for the song while he was at his parents' home. The vocals for the single were performed by Toni Smith (Thomassina Carrollyne Smith), who also helped compose the song. The song hit number one on the U. S. R&B chart for a month. "Funkin' for Jamaica" peaked at number nine on the dance chart and made the Top 10 on the UK singles chart, but it never charted on the Billboard Hot 100. It later became one of the most interpolated melodies in R&B with the chorus' chord sequence used by artists such as Johnny Kemp. 


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Jamaica funk, that's what it is 
let it get into you 
C'mon I've got a groove  
you know where I 'll be
Funkin for Jamaica 
If ya feel it let it get into you 
Jamaica funk, that's what it is 
let it get into you 

I feel it inside my soul 
let it get into you 
Cause there's enough to go all the way around 
let it get into you let it fill you up inside 
This feelin's funk that's what it is 
let it get into you 
Jamaica funk that's what it is  
we be funkin for Jamaica

If ya feel it 
and I let it get into me
Jamaica funk that's what it was 
let it get into you
That feelin's funk that's what it was 
and I let it get into me I let it get into me 
woa woa woa this feelin's funk that's what it is

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Tom Browne

Tom Browne (born October 30, 1954, Queens, New York) is a jazz trumpeter who rose to prominence first through his early work with Sonny Fortune, and scored two major hits in 1980 and 1981: the No. 1 R&B single "Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)" and the No. 4 R&B single Thighs High (Grip Your Hips and Move). more »

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Written by: THOMAS BROWNE, THOMASSINA SMITH

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