Trevor Nicholas Friday
(1961-2005)
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His legacy
Named in Nick's honor  
A road was named The Nicholas "Nick" Friday Drive after Daddy Friday to commemorate his Musical contributions to the Virgin Islands history. 
CAHS online condolence site in memory of Friday  
The Faculty and Students of the Charlotte Amalie High School has created an online condolence book for Daddy Friday as well in honour of his contribution to the VI over the many years. To view this go to: http://www.cahsvi.com/education/school/school.php?sectionid=2
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"Daddy Friday", "The Franchise"or simply "Nick" was a few of the names Friday was known as and Jam Band was his Life. When Jam Band debute onto the musical scene on Rock City- St. Thomas, they came with fire and claimed only Road March titles year after year. With so many hits, Jam Band expanded and became one of the most anticipated bands EVER to play ANYWHERE- whether here in the Virgin Islands (U.S or British), Anguilla or even Antigua- with fans of old and of young. But not only in the Caribbean did Friday and the Awesome Jam Band left a mark, but they were highly respected, anticipated and sold out time after time in New York every Labor Day weekend and in Miami for the Miami Carnival- just to name a few. 

Oct. 4, 2005 – The Virgin Islands music scene was rocked Tuesday afternoon by the news that band leader, vocalist and composer Nicholas "Nick" Friday had died. Friday died late Tuesday afternoon at the Schneider Regional Medical Center, according to Amos Carty Jr.,chief operating officer. "He came in either Monday or earlier today complaining of not feeling well," Carty said on Tuesday evening and "his condition deteriorated as the day went on."
     Friday died around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
      The news of Friday's death spread quickly across the territory and the mainland, wherever Virgin Islanders reside. "We got calls from Miami, New York and Atlanta within minutes of Friday's death," said Tony T, a disc jockey on St. Thomas radio station WVJZ 105 JAMZ. "The place is in shock . . . this is unreal . . . everyone is in awe."
     Sources said Friday had been suffering from complications from diabetes, an ailment he was diagnosed with a couple of years ago.
     Before venturing into politics, in which he made an unsuccessful bid for the Senate in 2004, Friday had moved into the legal profession, securing a law degree on the U.S. mainland. A legislative insider said Tuesday that Friday "returned home with a law degree and was immediately hired on the legal staff of one or two senators."
     But music was clearly Friday's calling. His career began at a young age with the band Eddie and the Movements. Always a lead vocalist, at the time he was known as Nick "The Franchise" Friday.
     During his tenure with "The Movements" and subsequently as the face of Jam Band, Friday secured a number of Carnival Road March titles over the past 20 years. The most recent was this year with "How To Take De Road."
     Osbert Potter, host of "Strictly Local" on WWKS KISS 101.3 FM dedicated Tuesday night's two-hour show to Friday's memory. "The news that you heard earlier today is true. Nick Friday passed away," Potter said on the air as he introduced the hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness," performed by V.I. vocalist Malvern Gumbs.
     Promoter Sheldon Turnbull of Mello Side Promotions, which hired Friday and Jam Band routinely at a weekly Sunday afternoon party at Coral World, recalled that Friday last sang with Jam Band two weeks ago. "He went back in time and sang so many of the songs that made Jam Band popular."
     Turnbull said Friday was taking requests from the crowd for songs of yesteryear. This past Sunday, Turnbull said Friday called to indicate he was not feeling well. "It's funny, Turnbull added. "He called me Sunday to say he wasn't feeling well enough to perform but that the band would be there." 
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Oct. 5, 2005 – Condolences, sadness and shock rolled across the territory, the U.S. mainland and beyond, as news of the death of Jam Band leader Nicholas "Nick" Friday reached Virgin Islanders and music lovers near and far.
     Friday died Tuesday at the Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas, reportedly of diabetes-related complications .
     Friends, colleagues, officials and elected leaders recalled Friday as a humble and quiet man and dedicated worker.
     "I tried to honor him once for his contribution to music, but he was a guy that didn't like that kind of attention," Liburd said Wednesday.
     But when it came to music, Friday commanded the stage. "He was a musical icon," Liburd said, whose "contribution has not been surpassed."
     One person who spoke outside Schneider Regional Medical Center shortly after Friday's death observed that "you would hear Friday's voice and be drawn to him and to Jam Band."
     In other quarters Tuesday night, he was recalled as "a franchise," the nickname he first held when he began his musical journey with Eddie and the Movements – the band that evolved into Jam Band.
      Several people recalled Friday as a musical giant who juggled his passion for music with raising his three children and pursuing an education.
      His band was not without problems, however. Often, violence broke out where Jam Band played. One insider explained at one point that people from every segment of the community were drawn to the band and not all of them got along. But Friday had little patience for the violence, even writing songs that eschewed such behavior.
      Gov. Charles W. Turnbull said he was shocked and saddened by the news of Friday's death. As he extended condolences to Friday's family and friends, Turnbull recalled that Friday was a promising star in many areas. Friday and the Jam Band, Turnbull said, "brought a level of joy, excitement and energy to music lovers in the territory and across the Caribbean. Music in the territory will never be quite the same," Turnbull said in a release issued from Government House early Wednesday morning. The governor said he had the privilege of teaching Friday at UVI, where Friday was among his brightest students.
     Although Friday has left us far too soon, the governor said, he has left us the priceless collection of compositions and lyrics of a musical giant that will last for generations.
     Delegate Donna M. Christensen echoed Turnbull's sentiments, saying "In a career that has spanned three decades, Friday and his beloved Jam Band brought countless hours of enjoyment to young and old alike with the quick tempo arrangements that were the favorites on the road."
     In fact, Jam Band won the St. Thomas Carnival Road March competition countless times, most recently this year for "How To Take De Road."
     Writing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Clement 'Monarch' Ogarro, calypsonian from St Kitts wrote, "This news has hit me like a lightning bolt from left field. Music has lost its soul and its voice in the Virgin Islands."
     While remembering Friday as a friend, Sen. Adlah "Foncie" Donastorg said Friday was also a "talented musician, a budding legal mind and a cultural ambassador."
     Legislature researcher James Lewis, a noted Jam Band fan, said many people did not realize how multi-faceted Friday was. "He was a real Renaissance man," Lewis said. He also recalled what a hard-worker he was and that he was very dedicated to education.
     Lewis said there was a time that Friday was working as a messenger for Devcon International while going to UVI full time and working with the band.
     In tribute to Jam Band and Friday's musical talents, Lewis said he planned his vacations around being able to follow the band to their gigs in New York City.
     Lt. Gov. Vargrave Richards said Friday "influenced the entire music culture." But also, Richards said, Friday "was viewed as a rising star in many other areas. His work in the Legislature and in several other community arenas demonstrated that he was committed and dedicated to giving and doing his part to make a difference in the Virgin Islands.
     Sen. Shawn-Michael Malone, in a release from his office, echoed sentiments expressed by many at learning of Friday's untimely death. "I frankly find it hard to accept that I will never see Nick's warm smile or hear him sing with Jam Band again." Malone said he was "numb."
     But he went on to say, "In many African societies, an ancestor remains immortal as long a there are people to call his name and tell his story. In that sense, Nick has passed into the realm of immortal ancestors because as long as there are two Virgin Islanders to converse together or even one to play a record and hear the musical splendor that was Jam Band, Nicholas "Nick" Friday's spirit will continue to dance in the air around us and his music will continue to sing in our hearts." 
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     He is survived by his mother, Lillian E. Friday; father Clement E. Friday; son Trevor Friday Jr.; and daughters Nicole and Nikkiah Friday. He is also survived by his significant other, Jacqueline Smith-Turnbull; sisters Jennifer Friday, Lilrose Camacho, Joanne Friday, Bernadette Todman, Bernadine Todman and Chantel Friday; brothers Clement Jr., John and Gerad Friday, and Avery Todman; grandchildren McKelis, Nicquoia, and Trevor Friday III.

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