Eric Donaldson won the Jamaican Festival song competition seven times. He will be bestowed an Order of Distinction in the rank of officer (OD) for his outstanding service to the Jamaican music industry.
Music insider Clyde McKenzie believes, despite being long overdue, Donaldson is well deserving of the accolade.
“I suppose we have to find a way to not overlook outstanding contributors like those, so that they don’t have to wait very long. Because sometimes, what you find is that some worthy people die before they managed to be awarded. You don’t want that, you want people to be recognised during their lifetime,” McKenzie told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.
“Let us commend the persons who have nominated him and ensured he received an award. It’s long overdue and we congratulate him because Eric has the most popular festival song, Cherry Oh Baby, covered by many international acts. He is really very popular. We need to salute these icons.”
Born in Bog Walk, St Catherine, Donaldson won the Jamaica Festival Song Competition a record seven times — Cherry Oh Baby (1971), Sweet Jamaica (1977), Land of My Birth (1978), Proud to Be Jamaica (1984), Big It Up (1993), Join de Line (1995) , and Peace and Love (1997).