Mighty Pope

Profile:
The Mighty Pope (born Earle Heedram, October 23, 1945) is a Jamaican-Canadian singer, recording act, and the first Afro-Canadian solo artist to release a major label long playing album, making him Canada's first established urban artist.

Known for his vocal strength (hence the "Mighty" prefix in his stage handle) and sharp visual presentation (custom tailored suits, shirts, capes, and footwear), he was marketed as a something of a "sex symbol" at the height of his recording career in the mid-to-late 1970s.
Pope (who received his nickname via a Vatican-shaped plot of land his father owned in their native Lucea, Jamaica) came to Canada in 1965 and after adjusting to the culture shock of his new surroundings (people, transportation, architecture, food, weather, media/advertising), wasted no time in immersing himself into the heart Ontario's growing Jamaican musical landscape.
Due to immigration reforms and the 1955-1960 West Indian Domestic Scheme, by the mid-sixties, Canada's Jamaican population was expanding significantly and there were already a handful of clubs (Club Jamaica, W.I.F. Club, Club Trinidad, etc…) catering to those immigrants who wished to celebrate their native culture through music, social events, and food.
Although Pope had only seen fairly limited performing experience in his native Jamaica (performing with Byron Lee as well as other regional musicians on the local talent show scene), he quickly became the R&B commodity on Toronto's Yonge Street strip (Hawk's Nest, Le C'oq D'or) after reinvigorating The Sheiks, the house band at Club Jamaica (located where Eaton Centre now exists, managed by Mr. Fitz Riley), as lead singer.
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Mighty Pope Discography Tracks

Albums

# 20 Mighty Pope - The Hitch-Hikers album art Frank Motley And The Hitchikers* Featuring The Mighty Pope* Frank Motley And The Hitchikers* Featuring The Mighty Pope* - The Hitch-Hikers(LP, Album) Paragon Records (6) # 20 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
Mighty Pope - The Mighty Pope album art Mighty Pope The Mighty Pope (Album) RCA Canada 1977 Sell This Version
Mighty Pope - Sway album art Mighty Pope Sway (Album) Quality US 1979 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

H62442 Mighty Pope - Mr. Fortune / I May Have Been A Fool album art The Hitchikers* Featuring Mighty Pope The Hitchikers* Featuring Mighty Pope - Mr. Fortune / I May Have Been A Fool(7", Single) Heart Records (15) H62442 Canada 1971 Sell This Version
Mighty Pope - Whatever Goes Around / Rescue Me album art Mighty Pope Whatever Goes Around / Rescue Me (Single) Rca Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Mighty Pope - If You Want A Love Affair album art Mighty Pope If You Want A Love Affair RCA Victor Canada 1976 Sell This Version
Mighty Pope - Tower Of Strength album art The Mighty Pope* Tower Of Strength Private Stock Canada 1977 Sell This Version
Mighty Pope - Heaven On The Seventh Floor album art The Mighty Pope* Heaven On The Seventh Floor (Single) Private Stock US 1977 Sell This Version
PS 45,176 The Mighty Pope* Can't Get By Without You(7", Promo) Private Stock PS 45,176 US 1977 Sell This Version
none Mighty Pope - The Mighty Pope album art Mighty Pope The Mighty Pope(Acetate, 12", S/Sided) RCA none US 1977 Sell This Version
Mighty Pope - Sweet Blindness / Because The Night album art Mighty Pope Sweet Blindness / Because The Night (Single) Quality USA & Canada 1979 Sell This Version
PRO-A-835 Mighty Pope - Sway / New Orleans album art Mighty Pope Sway / New Orleans(12", Promo) RFC Records, Warner Bros. Records PRO-A-835 US 1979 Sell This Version
PRO 504 Mighty Pope - Get Up And Boogie / In A Gadda Vida album art Freddie James / Mighty Pope Freddie James / Mighty Pope - Get Up And Boogie / In A Gadda Vida(12", Promo) Warner Bros. Records, RFC Records PRO 504 France 1979 Sell This Version
RDR7-25 Mighty Pope - Our Day Will Come album art Mighty Pope Our Day Will Come(7") Bunjo RDR7-25 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
SMH7-001 Mighty Pope - Mr. Fortune & Fame album art The Sureshot Symphony Solution Featuring The Mighty Pope* The Sureshot Symphony Solution Featuring The Mighty Pope* - Mr. Fortune & Fame(7", Single, 4-P) Sureshot Symphony Solution SMH7-001 USA & Canada 2011 Sell This Version
Mighty Pope - Mr. Fortune / Sissy Strut album art Frank Motley & The Hitchikers Featuring The Mighty Pope* / King Herbert & The Knights Frank Motley & The Hitchikers Featuring The Mighty Pope* / King Herbert & The Knights - Mr. Fortune / Sissy Strut Record Shack (2) Austria 2018 Sell This Version

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