Earl Moodie, a pioneer in New York City reggae, died here September 17 at age 69. No cause of death was given, but his son Earl Jr said he had been ailing for some time.
Moodie was synonymous with Moodie’s Records, the vinyl-strong retail store he opened along White Plains Road in the Bronx almost 40 years ago.
Along with other Jamaican music business stalwarts such as the VP Records label and producer Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes, Moodie helped put reggae on the map in the Big Apple. His influence grew during the 1980’s when the Jamaican presence grew rapidly in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.