Sad news from the world of R&B. Singer/songwriter Thomassina “Toni” Smith, remembered for singing lead on the Tom Browne classic “Funkin For Jamaica”, has died according to a post on her Facebook page. Although Smith largely worked behind the scenes, her impact on the music industry is undeniable. The Bronx, New York native initially came to the attention of music fans when she joined the vocal group The Crystals. A short time later, she met trumpet player Tom Browne, and they co-wrote “Funkin For Jamacia”, which became a smash around the world, topping the charts and elevating both in the music world, as they both simply tore the song up. The two worked together on several songs the next few years. With her beautiful voice, Smith became a sought-after background vocalist, working with Stephanie Mills and Jame Ingram among others. She also released several singles as a solo artist, but never achieved commercial success with those releases. Although she was largely unknown to the general public, she was revered by her peers. Ms. Smith left behind a musical legacy that will live on forever and will be missed. May she rest in peace.