Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)

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"Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)"
US 12-Inch single cover
Single by Tom Browne
from the album Love Approach
B-side "Her Silent Smile"
Released July 1980
Genre Funk, Jazz, R&B, Disco

3:44 (Single Version)

4:43 (Album Version)
Label GRP/Arista
Songwriter(s) Tom Browne, Toni Smith (Thomassina Carrollyne Smith)
Producer(s) Dave Grusin, Larry Rosen
Tom Browne singles chronology
"Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)"
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Alternative covers
UK 7-Inch single cover
UK 7-Inch single cover

"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.[1] The vocals for the single were provided 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.[2] "Funkin' for Jamaica" peaked at number nine on the dance chart[3] and made the Top 10 on the UK singles chart, but it never charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

Covers and samples[edit]


  1. ^ "Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.)". Song Review 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 88. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 46. 
  4. ^ "Bob Baldwin Discography Page". Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85. 
  6. ^ "The Black Eyed Peas - What It Is". YouTube. 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  7. ^ "Samoa Soul overview". 
  8. ^ "Patrick Yandall — Samoa Soul". 
Preceded by
"Give Me the Night" by George Benson
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number-one single
October 4 – October 21, 1980
Succeeded by
"Master Blaster (Jammin')" by Stevie Wonder