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Olga Guillot; Sugar Minott

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Olga Guillot Bolero Singer

Olga Guillot, 87, a Cuban singer who was a leading interpreter of the bolero, died July 12 at a hospital in Miami. No cause of death was reported.

Ms. Guillot, whose career in Cuba was interrupted by the 1959 Cuban revolution, had lived in exile for years -- splitting her time between Miami and Mexico. Her biggest hit was "Mienteme" ("Lie to Me").

A native of Santiago de Cuba, Ms. Guillot and her family moved to Havana when she was a small child. As a teenager, she and her sister, Ana Luisa, performed as the DĂșo Hermanitas Guillot.

In 1945, her talent as a bolero singer was discovered by Facundo Rivero, an influential man in the Cuban music industry of the era. In 1954, she recorded "Mienteme," which became a hit across Latin America and earned her three consecutive awards in Cuba as her homeland's best female singer.

Sugar Minott Reggae Singer, Producer

Sugar Minott, 54, a smooth-voiced singer and producer who helped to popularize reggae music, died July 10 at a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. His wife, Maxine Stowe, did not disclose the cause of death but Mr. Minott (pronounced MY-naht) had canceled performances in Canada after suffering chest pains.

Born in Kingston, the singer, whose real name was Lincoln Barrington Minott, launched his musical career as a youngster in the late 1960s as a member of the African Brothers reggae trio. He started a successful solo career in the 1970s, gaining a following in Jamaica's dance halls with songs like "Vanity" and "Mr. DC" while recording for the famed Studio One, the Caribbean island's first black-owned music studio.

In 1981, he had his biggest hit with a cover of the Jackson Five's "Good Thing Going." Mr. Minott was known for nurturing young talent with his own Black Roots record label and Youthman Promotion company. Reggae and dance hall artists such as Junior Reid and Tenor Saw began their careers under his tutelage.

-- From News Services


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