Valentine Chin

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Tony Chin
Birth name Albert Valentine Chin
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Instruments guitar
Years active 1960's to current
Associated acts Soul Syndicate

Albert Valentine "Tony" Chin is a Jamaican guitarist, who has collaborated with many reggae artists including Burning Spear and Johnny Clarke. Chin is an original member of The Soul Syndicate, a backing band on countless reggae tracks, which evolved from The Rhythm Raiders.[1] They recorded for Keith Hudson, Niney the Observer, and Bunny Lee, and other Jamaican record producers.[1] Quite a distinct sound to his guitar playing, Chin played a crucial part in the "flyers" sound of the mid-1970s, popularized by Bunny Lee. In the 1990s, Chin lived in Florida, where he joined the successful US reggae band Big Mountain. He currently lives in Los Angeles and plays with Soul Syndicate bassist George "Fully" Fullwood.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Larkin, Colin (1998) "Chin, Tony", in The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 56

Tony Chin later played with Big Mountain and his distinct guitar sound can be heard on their hit Baby I Love Your Way