by Larry Smith
Usually, you can’t find songwriter Eric Minns anywhere in Nassau, the town of his birth. So you might legitimately expect him to be either in Freeport or in jail - but you would be wrong.
Minns, now a spritely 83-year-old, actually spends most of his time in Ontario - where he has lived since 1950, the last 36 years with his third Canadian wife, Laura, a retired schoolteacher. They visit Nassau every Christmas, and usually drop by my office for a chat.
“We fly back to Canada on New Year’s Eve because nobody is travelling then,” Minns explains with cheerful Canadian logic. “So it’s the best time to get a deal on an airline ticket. Plus, after New Year’s there ain’t nothing happening in Nassau anyway.”
As a cancer survivor, Minns doesn’t do much partying himself these days. But he remembers the times that he did. At the drop of a hat he will pull out a slew of photo albums to prove it - images of himself hamming it up with the likes of King Eric Gibson, Charles Carter, Hubert Ingraham, Perry Christie and other notables going back decades.