The Other Island – Best of British Reggae and Ska 1964 – 2019

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The music of Jamaica has been popular in Britain since the 1960s. British artists such as Georgie Fame and The Beatles showcased Jamaican influences in their music as early as 1964. The first British Ska and Rock Steady groups such as The Cimarons, The Bedrocks, and Symarip began appearing towards the end of the decade. The 1970s saw the development of the British sub-genres Two-tone Ska and Lovers Rock. Groups like The Specials, Madness, The Beat and Bad Manners brought Ska to a new generation. British-born artists such as Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Deborahe Glasgow  all found fame with Lovers Rock hits.  The 1970s and 1980s saw the rise of British Reggae bands including Steel Pulse, Aswad, Black Slate, and Matumbi. For better or worse, non-Reggae artists tried their hand at Reggae numbers throughout the 1970s and beyond. In Britain these included The Clash, The Police, Culture Club and The Rollings Stones. The best known example is Eric Clapton’s 1974 take on ‘I Shot The Sheriff’. Whether it’s Ska, Rock Steady, Lovers Rock, Dancehall or Dub, British artists have continued to be a part of the worldwide Reggae scene. Below is a list of  100 of the best examples of British Reggae and Ska.

  1. Humpty Dumpty – Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames (1964)
  2. Tom Hark Goes Blue Beat – Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames (1964)
  3. El Pussy Cat – Georgie Fame (1967)
  4. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – The Bedrocks (1968)
  5. Skinhead Moonstomp – Symarip (1969)
  6. Skinhead Girl – Symarip (1970)
  7. Black And White – Greyhound (1971)
  8. Love is Strange – Wings (1971)
  9. Big Six – Judge Dread (1972)
  10. C Moon – Wings (1973)
  11. I Shot The Sheriff – Eric Clapton (1974)
  12. I A Rebel Soul – Aswad (1976)
  13. After Tonight – Matumbi (1976)
  14. Cherry Oh Baby – The Rolling Stones (1976)
  15. Back To Africa – Aswad (1976)
  16. Silly Games – Janet Kay (1977)
  17. Watching The Detectives – Elvis Costello (1977)
  18. Police & Thieves – The Clash (1977)
  19. Up With The Cock – Judge Dread (1977)
  20. Prodigal Son – Steel Pulse (1978)
  21. I Do Love You – Janet Kay (1978)
  22. Empire Road – Matumbi (1978)
  23. Can’t Stand Losing You – The Police (1978)
  24. Walking On Sunshine – Eddy Grant (1978)
  25. Dreadlock Holiday – 10cc (1978)
  26. Emotion – 15 16 17 (1978)
  27. Five Nights of Bleeding – Poets And The Roots (1978)
  28. Ku Klux Klan – Steel Pulse (1978)
  29. Bluebeat And Ska – Matumbi (1978)
  30. Roxanne – The Police (1978)
  31. Living On The Frontline – Eddy Grant (1978)
  32. Rat Race – The Specials (1979)
  33. One Step Beyond – Madness (1979)
  34. Ranking Full Stop – The Beat (1979)
  35. A Message To You Rudy – The Specials (1979)
  36. On My Radio – The Selecter (1979)
  37. Night Boat To Cairo – Madness (1979)
  38. Fite Dem Back – Linton Kwesi Johnson (1979)
  39. Points of View (Squeeze A Little Lovin) – Matumbi (1979)
  40. Too Much Too Young – The Specials (1979)
  41. Madness – Madness (1979)
  42. Walking On The Moon – The Police (1979)
  43. Arrow Through Me – Wings (1979)
  44. Forces of Viktry – Linton Kwesi Johnson (1979)
  45. Too Much Pressure – The Selecter (1980)
  46. Lip Up Fatty – Bad Manners (1980)
  47. I’m So Sorry – Caroll Thompson (1980)
  48. Inglan is a Bitch – Linton Kwesi Johnson (1980)
  49. Let’s Do Rock Steady – The Bodysnatchers (1980)
  50. Mirror In The Bathroom – The Beat (1980)
  51. Warrior Charge – Aswad (1980)
  52. Living In Babylon – Dennis Bovell (1980)
  53. Murder – The Selecter (1980)
  54. Food For Thought – UB40 (1980)
  55. Hands Off….She’s Mine – The Beat (1980)
  56. Amigo – Black Slate (1980)
  57. The Bed’s Too Big Without You – The Police (1980)
  58. Bankrobber – The Clash (1980)
  59. Burden of Shame – UB40 (1980)
  60. Too Experienced – The Bodysnatchers (1980)
  61. Special Brew – Bad Manners (1980)
  62. Three Minute Hero – The Selecter (1980)
  63. One In Ten – UB40 (1981)
  64. Walking In The Sunshine – Bad Manners (1981)
  65. Ghost Town – The Specials (1981)
  66. Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth (1982)
  67. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club (1982)
  68. A Slice of English Toast – Ranking Ann (1982)
  69. The English Connection – Mad Professor (1982)
  70. Red Red Wine – UB40 (1983)
  71. Police Officer – Smiley Culture (1984)
  72. Borrowed Time – John Lennon (1984)
  73. If It Happens Again – UB40 (1984)
  74. Mash Up The Telly – Pato Banton (1985)
  75. Cockney Translation – Smiley Culture (1985)
  76. Hello Darling – Tippa Irie (1986)
  77. Everything I Own – Boy George (1986)
  78. Wild World – Maxi Priest (1987)
  79. Don’t Turn Around – Aswad (1988)
  80. Give A Little Love – Aswad (1988)
  81. Champion Lover – Deborahe Glasgow (1989)
  82. Making Love – Barry Boom (1989)
  83. Slipping Away – Royal Blood (1990)
  84. Close To You – Maxi Priest (1990)
  85. Rastafari – Alpha & Omega (1992)
  86. Mad Them – General Levy (1993)
  87. Boom Shack-A-Lak – Apache Indian (1993)
  88. Champagne Body – General Levy (1993)
  89. Shine – Aswad (1994)
  90. Baby Come Back – Pato Banton (1994)
  91. That Girl – Maxi Priest feat. Shaggy (1996)
  92. Night Nurse – Simply Red (1998)
  93. Cupid – Amy Winehouse (2008)
  94. Fire – Gentleman’s Dub Club (2009)
  95. Heaven In Her Eyes – Gappy Ranks (2010)
  96. Call Mi A Yardie – Stylo G (2012)
  97. This Town – The Skints (2016)
  98. Amsterdam – Mungo’s Hi Fi (2017)
  99. Murder – Reggae Roast (2018)
  100. Over Tonight – Empress Imani (2019)
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Calypso Goes POP! Part Two

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Since the 1940s, Calypso’s influence has been felt throughout the music world. Artists from various genres have recorded Calypso songs, sampled Calypso tunes or have been influenced by Calypso. From Ska and Reggae to Country and Rock, from Jazz and Pop to Disco and Rap, Calypso has had a continuing impact on music in the 20th and 21st Century. The below list gives 30 examples of how Calypso has shaped the music world over the last five decades.

  1. Dr. Kitch – Judge Dread (1973)
  2. Come Back Liza – Dandy Livingstone (1973)
  3. The Everywhere Calypso – Ramsey Lewis (1974)
  4. Man Smart, Woman Smarter – Robert Palmer (1976)
  5. Zombie Zamboree – Harry Nilsson (1976)
  6. If You Wanna Be Happy – Bill Wyman (1976)
  7. Calypso Breakdown – Ralph MacDonald (1976)
  8. Brown Girl In The Ring – Boney M. (1978)
  9. Man Smart, Woman Smarter – Rosanne Cash (1979)
  10. The Caribbean Disco Show – Lobo (1981)
  11. Fallout Calypso – Mike Harding (1981)
  12. Island In The Sun – Goombay Dance Band (1982)
  13. Right By Your Side – Eurythmics (1983)
  14. Agadoo – Black Lace (1984)
  15. Hot, Hot, Hot – Buster Poindexter (1987)
  16. Calypso Crazy – Billy Ocean (1988)
  17. Duke of Iron – Sonny Rollins (1988)
  18. Find An Ugly Woman – Cash Money & Marvelous (1988)
  19. Under The Sea – Samuel E. Wright (1989)
  20. Benjamin Calypso – Cast of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1991)
  21. Day Oh – Shaggy (1995)
  22. Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men (2000)
  23. Brown Girl (Suga Plum) – Jurassic 5 (2006)
  24. Hold Him Joe – Ziggy Marley (2009)
  25. Calypso Blues – Nat King Cole Feat. Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley and Stephen Marley (2009)
  26. Stone Cold Dead In The Market (Ticklah Remix) – Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, Ticklah (2011)
  27. 6 Foot 7 Foot – Lil Wayne (2011)
  28. Shake Senora – Pitbull Feat. T-Pain and Sean Paul (2011)
  29. Don’t Wanna Go Home – Jason Derulo (2011)
  30. London Is The Place For Me – D Lime Feat. Tabago Crusoe (2014)

Calypso Goes POP!

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Ever since The Andrews Sisters had a hit with their version of ‘Rum And Coca-Cola’ in 1944, popular artists across the world have been influenced by Calypso music and have recorded Calypso songs. Throughout the 40s, 50s and 60s a variety of artists recorded music with a Calypso flavour. The below list of 50 songs highlights how Calypso had an impact on Pop, Rock, Country, Jazz, Folk and even comedic music.

  1. Rum And Coca-Cola – Andrews Sisters (1944)
  2. Stone Cold Dead In The Market – Ella Fitzgerald (1946)
  3. His Feet Too Big For The Bed – June Christy (1947)
  4. Run Joe – Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five (1948)
  5. Calypso Blues – Nat King Cole (1951)
  6. Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bell – Eartha Kitt (1954)
  7. High Society Calypso – Louis Armstrong And His Band (1956)
  8. The Banana Boat Song – The Tarriers (1956)
  9. Put More Wood On The Fire – Eartha Kitt (1956)
  10. St. Thomas – Sonny Rollins (1956)
  11. Let’s Go Calypso – Rusty Draper (1957)
  12. Me Head’s In De Barrel – Edna Savage (1957)
  13. Coffee Bar Calypso – Maxine Daniels (1957)
  14. Come Back, Liza – Nina And Frederick (1957)
  15. Calypso Dance – Ray Anthony And His Orchestra (1957)
  16. Calypso Italiano – Lou Monte (1957)
  17. Calypso Joe – Ray Johnson (1957)
  18. Calypso Rock – Mike Pedicin Quintet (1957)
  19. Marianne – Terry Gilkyson And The Easy Riders (1957)
  20. What Is This Generation Coming To? – Robert Mitchum (1957)
  21. Banana Boat (Day – O) – Stan Freberg (1957)
  22. Technique – Pat Boone (1957)
  23. Calypso Sweetheart – Hank Snow (1957)
  24. When Rock And Roll Come To Trinidad – Nat King Cole (1957)
  25. Last Train To San Fernando – Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys (1957)
  26. Matilda, Matilda – Robert Mitchum (1957)
  27. When Woman Say No She Mean Yes – Nina And Frederik (1958)
  28. Zombie Jamboree – Kingston Trio (1959)
  29. Tic Tic Tic – Kingston Trio (1959)
  30. The Naughty Little Flea – Miriam Makeba (1960)
  31. Limbo Part 1 & Part 2 – Little Anthony & The Imperials (1960)
  32. Yellow Bird – The Brothers Four (1960)
  33. Limbo – Nina & Frederik (1961)
  34. My Zelda – Allan Sherman (1962)
  35. Gossip Calypso – Bernard Cribbins (1962)
  36. Don’t Stop The Carnival – Sonny Rollins (1962)
  37. Limbo Rock – Chubby Checker (1962)
  38. Twist, Twist Senora – Gary US Bonds (1962)
  39. Can’t Cross Over – Miriam Makeba (1962)
  40. Coconut Woman – Gary US Bonds (1962)
  41. Brown Skin Girl – Sonny Rollins (1962)
  42. If You Wanna Be Happy – Jimmy Soul (1963)
  43. Mama Look A BooBoo – Chubby Chekker (1963)
  44. Twistin’ Matilda – Jimmy Soul (1963)
  45. Barbados Carnival – Dizzy Gillespie (1964)
  46. Poor Joe – Dizzy Gillespie (1964)
  47. Don’t Try And Keep Up With The Joneses – Dizzy Gillespie (1964)
  48. Hold ‘Em Joe – Sonny Rollins (1965)
  49. Shame And Scandal In The Family – Lance Percival (1965)
  50. Don’t Stop The Carnival – Alan Price Set (1968)

Carnival Back Home – Best Calypso And Mento Songs, Part Two: 1958 – 1967

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Before the founding of Leeds West Indian Carnival, Britain’s first West Indian Carnival, in 1967 the closest most British West Indians could come to experiencing carnival like the ones back home was through music. Calypso and Mento music acted as a link between the Caribbean and West Indians living abroad. The playlist below highlights 90 of the best Calypso and Mento songs from the years 1958 to 1967.

  1. Marjorie’s Flirtation – Lord Kitchener (1958)
  2. Little Jeannie – Mighty Terror & His Calypsonians (1958)
  3. No More Rocking And Rolling – Mighty Sparrow (1958)
  4. Food From Chicago – Lord Christo (1958)
  5. TV Calypso – Mighty Terror (1958)
  6. Nosey Mother-In-Law – Lord Kitchener (1958)
  7. Shakespearean Quotations – Lord Christo (1958)
  8. Short Little Shorts – Mighty Sparrow (1958)
  9. Africa, Here I Come – Lord Ivanhoe & His Caribbean Knights (1958)
  10. Jamaica Girl – Mighty Terror (1958)
  11. Woman’s Figure – Lord Kitchener (1958)
  12. Old Lady You Mash Me Toe – Hubert Porter (1958)
  13. Breadfruit Season – Count Lasher’s Seven (1958)
  14. Limbo – The Wrigglers (1958)
  15. My Wife’s Nightie – Lord Kitchener (1958)
  16. Heading North – Mighty Terror & His Calypsonians (1958)
  17. Mary Ann – The Wrigglers (1959)
  18. Talking Parrot – Count Lasher (1959)
  19. Maria – Mighty Sparrow (1959)
  20. Black Pudding – Lord Kitchener (1959)
  21. Calypso War – Mighty Terror (1959)
  22. Bed Bug Song – Brownie ( 1959)
  23. Biggest Maracas – The Wrigglers (1959)
  24. The Water Gobbler – Lord Ivanhoe & His Caribbean Knights (1959)
  25. West Indians In England – Azie Lawrence (1959)
  26. My Experience On The Reeperbahn – Lord Invader (1959)
  27. Dorothy – Mighty Sparrow (1959)
  28. Teddy Boy Calypso (Bring Back the Cat-O-Nine) – Lord Invader (1959)
  29. Mango Vert – Mighty Sparrow (1959)
  30. Penny Reel – Calypso Quintet (1960)
  31. Jamaica Is The Place To Go – Charlie Binger & His Quartet (1960)
  32. Neighbor Jacqueline – Wrangler (1960)
  33. Zombie Jamboree – The Eloise Trio (1960)
  34. Belmont Jackass – Lord Melody (1960)
  35. Teresa – Mighty Sparrow (1960)
  36. Country Gal – Charlie Binger And His Orchestra (1960)
  37. Cocoanut Woman – The Eloise Trio (1960)
  38. Limbo – Calimbo Steel Band (1961)
  39. Kingston Market – Harry Belafonte (1961)
  40. Exchange No Robbery – Mighty Dougla (1961)
  41. Romeo – Lord Kitchener (1961)
  42. Jump In The Line – Harry Belafonte (1961)
  43. Tomorrow Man – King Prince & The Islanders (1961)
  44. Gloria – Harry Belafonte (1961)
  45. Island In The Sun – Calimbo Steel Band (1961)
  46. Kitch Take It Easy – Lord Kitchener (1962)
  47. Sparrow Come Back Home – Mighty Sparrow (1962)
  48. Calabash – Count Lasher (1962)
  49. Independent Jamaica Calypso – Lord Creator (1962)
  50. Love In The Cemetery – Lord Kitchener (1962)
  51. Bongo Man – Wrangler (1962)
  52. Wau, Wau – Lord Melody (1962)
  53. Zombie Jamboree – Harry Belafonte (1962)
  54. Dog Better Than Man – Viper (1962)
  55. Blackbird – Lord Melody (1962)
  56. Jamaican Woman – Lord Kitchener (1962)
  57. Georgie Porgie – Lord Melody (1962)
  58. Tongue Tie Baby – Harry Belafonte (1962)
  59. Dan is The Man – Mighty Sparrow (1962)
  60. Don’t Stop The Carnival – Sonny Rollins (1962)
  61. Dr Kitch – Lord Kitchener (1963)
  62. I Got The Itch – Lord Nelson (1963)
  63. Kitchie, You So Sweet – Lord Kitchener (1963)
  64. Bull Pistle Gang – Mighty Sparrow (1963)
  65. The Road – Lord Kitchener (1963)
  66. Stupid Married Man – Mighty Sparrow (1963)
  67. Muriel And The Bug – Lord Kitchener (1963)
  68. People Will Talk – King Fighter (1964)
  69. Yellow Bird – Keith Stewart (1964)
  70. Meh No Is 69 – Mighty Sparrow (1964)
  71. Pussy Galore – Young Growler (1964)
  72. A Death Of Kennedy – Mighty Sparrow (1964)
  73. My Pussin’ – Lord Kitchener (1965)
  74. Beatles And The M.B.E – King Short Shirt (1965)
  75. Warning To Men – Lord Kitchener (1965)
  76. Piccadilly Folk – Lord Kitchener (1965)
  77. The Weed – Count Lasher (1966)
  78. Obeah Wedding – Mighty Sparrow (1966)
  79. Mas In San Fernando – Lord Kitchener (1966)
  80. Bam Bam – Count Lasher (1966)
  81. Take You’ Meat Out Me Rice – Lord Kitchener (1966)
  82. Indian Singers – Lord Shorty (1966)
  83. Hooligans – Count Lasher (1966)
  84. Mufridite – Count Lasher (1966)
  85. Archie Buck Them Up – Lord Creator (1967)
  86. Tobago Lollipop – Lord Kitchener (1967)
  87. Fire In Me Wire – Calypso Rose (1967)
  88. The Sausage – Baldhead Growler (1967)
  89. 67 – Lord Kitchener (1967)
  90. The Priest Could Play – Mighty Cypher (1967)

Carnival Back Home – Best Calypso And Mento Songs, Part One: 1950 – 1957

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Prior to 1967, the British public had never witnessed a West Indian Carnival on British streets. Very few West Indians living in Britain during the 1950s could afford the privilege of returning to the Caribbean for the annual carnivals. Calypso and Mento music was one of the few links British West Indians had to their mother islands. Whether recorded in England, Trinidad, Jamaica or even America, these records were the closest most West Indians in Britain came to West Indian Carnival during the 1950s. The playlist below highlights 90 of the best Calypso and Mento songs from the years 1950 to 1957.

 

  1. Big Bamboo – The Duke Of Iron (1950)
  2. Victory Test Match – Lord Beginner (1950)
  3. The Underground Train – Lord Kitchener (1950)
  4. Housewives – Lord Beginner (1950)
  5. Linstead Market – Louise Bennett (1950)
  6. Tie Tongue Mopsie – Lord Kitchener (1950)
  7. Tick Tick (The Story of the Lost Watch) – Lord Lion (1951)
  8. London Is The Place For Me – Lord Kitchener (1951)
  9. Some Girl Something – The Lion (1951)
  10. Kitch’s Bebop Calypso – Lord Kitchener (1951)
  11. Festival of Britain – Lord Kitchener (1951)
  12. Take Her To Jamaica – Lord Messam & His Calypsonians (1951)
  13. Kitch! (Small Comb, Scratch Me Head) – Lord Kitchener (1951)
  14. Food From The West Indies – Lord Kitchener (1951)
  15. Last Train – Duke Of Iron (1952)
  16. My Landlady – Lord Kitchener (1952)
  17. Not Me (Man Smart – Woman Smarter) – Hubert Porter (1952)
  18. Day Dah Light – Edric Connor & The Caribbeans (1952)
  19. Brown Skin Girl – Ben Bowers & The Baba Motta Orchestra (1952)
  20. Island Gal Sally – Count Lasher (1952)
  21. Banana – Cecil Knott & His Joybell Orchestra (1952)
  22. Ugly Woman – Sir Lancelot (1952)
  23. Calypso Cha Cha – Count Lasher (1952)
  24. Parakeets – Duke Of Iron (1952)
  25. Cold In De Winter – Lloyd Thomas (1953)
  26. Matilda – Harry Belafonte (1953)
  27. Red Head – Lord Kitchener (1953)
  28. Tomato – Marie Bryant (1953)
  29. Hol’ Em Joe (My Donkey Wants Water) – The Sparrow (1953)
  30. Iron Bar/Mas Charley Bell – Hubert Porter (1953)
  31. Saxophone No 2 – Lord Kitchener (1953)
  32. Don’t Stop The Carnival – Duke Of Iron (1953)
  33. If You’re Not White You’re Black – Lord Kitchener (1953)
  34. Mango Time – Count Lasher’s Seven (1954)
  35. Hill And Gully Ride/Mandeville Road – Lord Composer (1954)
  36. Trouble – Lord Kitchener (1954)
  37. Is She Is, Or Is She Ain’t – The Charmer (1954)
  38. Wife And Mother – Lord Kitchener (1954)
  39. Calypso Be-Bop – Young Tiger (1955)
  40. Kitch In The Jungle – Lord Kitchener (1955)
  41. Female Boxer – The Charmer (1955)
  42. Can Can – Lord Melody (1955)
  43. Mambo Jambo – Brute Force Steel Band of Antigua (1955)
  44. Trinidad The Land Of Calypso – The Roaring Lion (1955)
  45. No Carnival In Britain – Mighty Terror (1955)
  46. Wash Your Hands – The Roaring Lion (1955)
  47. Mama Look A Boo Boo – Lord Melody (1955)
  48. Give Her The Number One – Eric Hayden (1956)
  49. Rock ‘n’ Roll Calypso – Lord Melody (1956)
  50. Patricia Gone With Millicent – Mighty Terror (1956)
  51. Banana Boat (Day-O) – Harry Belafonte (1956)
  52. Bulldog Don’t Bite Me – Timothy (1956)
  53. Women Police In England – Mighty Terror (1956)
  54. Taxi – Al Harris & His Calypso Band (1956)
  55. Jean And Dinah – Mighty Sparrow (1956)
  56. Calypso Twist – Reuben McCoy & The Hamiltonians (1956)
  57. Kalenda March – The Roaring Lion (1956)
  58. Come Back Liza – Harry Belafonte (1956)
  59. She Like It, He Like It – Young Tiger (1956)
  60. Chinese Children – Mighty Terror & His Calypsonians (1956)
  61. Jamaica Farewell – Harry Belafonte (1956)
  62. Frozen Chicken – Lord Christo (1956)
  63. Mahalia, I Want Back My Dollar – Lord Invader (1956)
  64. Birth of Ghana – Lord Kitchener (1956)
  65. Cocoanut Woman – Harry Belafonte (1957)
  66. The Naughty Little Flea – Lord Flea & His Calypsonians (1957)
  67. Trinidad – Young Tiger (1957)
  68. Me One Alone – Lord Invader (1957)
  69. Don’t Blame It On Elvis – The Fabulous McClevertys (1957)
  70. Green Faced Man – Brute Force Steel Band of Antigua (1957)
  71. Coconut Water, Rum and Gin – George Symonette (1957)
  72. Boys Days – Enid Mosier & Her Trinidad Steel Band (1957)
  73. Creature From The Black Lagoon – Lord Melody (1957)
  74. De Peas And De Rice – Calypso Mama (1957)
  75. Shake, Shake Senora – Lord Flea & His Calypsonians (1957)
  76. Labor Day Carnival – Lord Invader(1957)
  77. No, Doctor, No – Mighty Sparrow (1957)
  78. Stone Cold Dead In The Market – Vincent Martin & The Bahamians (1957)
  79. Donkey Bray – Lord Flea (1957)
  80. Nebuchadnezzar – Laurel Aitken (1957)
  81. I’m Going Back To Africa – Lord Invader (1957)
  82. Short Skirts – Lord Kitchener (1957)
  83. Island In The Sun – Harry Belafonte (1957)
  84. Gee Bongo Lay – John ‘Buddy’ Williams Band (1957)
  85. Out De Fire – Lord Flea & His Calypsonians (1957)
  86. Fire Down Below –The Brute Force Steel Band (1957)
  87. Life In London – The Mighty Terror (1957)
  88. There’s A Brown Girl In The Ring – Louise Bennett (1957)
  89. You Don’t Need Glasses To See – Lord Invader (1957)
  90. Monkey – Lord Flea (1957)

We Love Soca – 50 Songs To Celebrate 50 Years of Leeds West Indian Carnival

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From Steel Pan bands and Soca sound systems on the road to performers on the main stage and Reggae sound systems in Potternewton Park, Leeds West Indian Carnival has always been a musical event. Although Steel Pan, Reggae and Bashment all play a part in Leeds West Indian Carnival, Calypso and Soca have been the dominating sounds of carnival over the last fifty years. Below is a list of 50 of the greatest Calypso and Soca songs from the last 50 years to celebrate 50 years of Leeds West Indian Carnival.

  1. Archie Buck Them Up – Lord Creator (1967)
  2. Fire In Me Wire – Calypso Rose (1967)
  3. Sell The Pussy – Mighty Sparrow (1969)
  4. Indrani –Lord Shorty (1973)
  5. Endless Vibrations – Lord Shorty (1974)
  6. Jump Up –Byron Lee (1975)
  7. Home For Carnival – Lord Kitchener (1975)
  8. Give More Tempo – Calypso Rose (1977)
  9. Sugar Bum Bum – Lord Kitchener (1978)
  10. Soca Baptist – Super Blue (1980)
  11. Bills – Arrow (1980)
  12. Siamese Twin – Lord Nelson (1980)
  13. Hot Hot Hot – Arrow(1982)
  14. Tiny Winey – Byron Lee (1984)
  15. Long Time – Arrow (1984)
  16. Ah Coming – Mighty Power (1985)
  17. Pan In A Minor – Lord Kitchener (1986)
  18. The Hammer – David Rudder (1987)
  19. Bacchanal Lady – David Rudder (1988)
  20. Dollar – Taxi (1991)
  21. Jab Jab – Super Blue (1992)
  22. Jump (On D’ Count Of 4) – Second Imij (1992)
  23. Jump And Wave – Preacher (1994)
  24. Time To Wine – Iwer George (1994)
  25. Big Belly Man – Mac Fingall (1995)
  26. Movin’ To De Left – Nigel Lewis (1996)
  27. Doggie – Anslem Douglas (1998)
  28. Follow The Leader – The Soca Boys (1998)
  29. Footsteps – Xtatik (1998)
  30. Jouvert Morning – Byron Lee (1999)
  31. Magician – Burning Flames (2000)
  32. Jump – Rupee (2001)
  33. Trinidad – Invasion Band feat. Naya George (2002)
  34. Carnival – Machel Montano & Destra (2003)
  35. Get On Bad – Bunji Garlin (2004)
  36. Sweet Soca Music – Sugar Daddy (2004)
  37. Madder Dan Dat – Machel Montano (2005)
  38. Pan And Soca – Bunji Garlin (2007)
  39. Water – Iwer George (2009)
  40. Carnival Again – Biggie Irie (2009)
  41. When Carnival Come – Super P (2009)
  42. Tornado – Otis (2010)
  43. Madness – Soca Johnny (2010)
  44. On D Road – Machel Montano (2011)
  45. Carnival Is Our Life – Bunji Garlin feat. Beenie Man (2012)
  46. Differentology – Bunji Garlin (2013)
  47. We Control D Road – Shurwaye Winchester (2014)
  48. Overdoing It – Ravi B (2015)
  49. Incredible – Alison Hinds & iWeb (2016)
  50. Full Extreme – Ultimate Rejects (2017)

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Tighten Up – The Best Jamaican Music Of The Sixties

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The 1960s was a remarkable period for popular music with genres developing and evolving at an extraordinary rate and Jamaican music for no exception. The 1960s saw the development of Ska from Jamaican R&B and the birth of Reggae via Rock Steady. In Britain, Jamaican music helped unite British and Caribbean youths through music, dance crazes and fashion trends.  With sound systems and clubs dedicated to playing Jamaican music, it was the sounds of Jamaican that united the British Caribbean communities during the sixties. The decade saw the development of sampling, dub, and toasting and the rise of stars such as Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff, Millie Small, Desmond Dekker, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and even Bob Marley and The Wailers. Below is a list of 150 of the greatest examples of Jamaican music released during the sixites that help tell the story of Jamaican music. It includes R&B, Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae.  All dates given are UK single release dates unless specified otherwise.

  1. Boogie Rock – Laurel Aitken (1960)
  2. Fat Man – Derrick Morgan (1960)
  3. Dumplin’s – Byron Lee And The Dragonnaires (1960)
  4. Easy Snapping – Clue J. And His Blues Blasters (1960)
  5. Running Around – Owen Grey (1960)
  6. Boss Girl – J.E. Stick & Drumbago All Stars (1961)
  7. Luke Lane Shuffle – Rico Rodriques (1961)
  8. Blackberry Brandy – Roland Alphonso (1961)
  9. Bar Tender – Laurel Aitken (1961)
  10. Humpty Dumpty – Eric Morris (1961)
  11. Let The Good Times Roll – Derrick And Patsy (1961)
  12. Mash! Mr. Lee – Byron Lee And The Dragonnaires (1961)
  13. Carolina – The Folks Brothers (1961)
  14. Feel So Fine – Derrick And Patsy (1961)
  15. Forward March – Derrick Morgan (1962)
  16. Independence Song – Prince Buster (1962)
  17. Miss Jamaica – Jimmy Cliff (1962)
  18. Housewife’s Choice – Derrick And Patsy (1962)
  19. Hully Gully Miss Molly – Basil Gabbidon And Buster’s Group (1962)
  20. Blazing Fire – Derrick Morgan (1963)
  21. Honour Your Mother And Father – Desmond Dekker And Beverleys All Stars (1963)
  22. Ten Commandments – Prince Buster (1963)
  23. Tears On My Pillow – Derrick Morgan (1963)
  24. Fever – The Vikings (1963)
  25. King Of Kings – Jimmy Cliff (1963)
  26. Enjoy Yourself – Prince Buster (1963)
  27. One Cup of Coffee – Robert Marley (1963)
  28. Madness – Prince Buster (1963)
  29. King of Ska – Desmond Dekker And His Cherry Pies (1964)
  30. Number One – Eric Morris (1964)
  31. She Loves You – Prince Buster (1964)
  32. Jamaica Ska – Byron Lee And The Dragonaires (1964)
  33. My Boy Lollipop – Millie Small (1964)
  34. Sea Cruise – Jackie Edwards (1964)
  35. Want Me Cock – Owen And Leon Silvera (1964) (UK release 1965)
  36. Eastern Standard Time – Don Drummond And Band (1964)
  37. Sammy Dead – Byron Lee And The Dragonaires (1964)
  38. Penny Reel – Eric Morris (1964)
  39. Soon You Will Be Gone – The Blues Busters (1964) (No UK release)
  40. Sweet William – Millie Small (1964)
  41. Simmer Down – The Wailers (1964)(UK release 1965)
  42. My Girl – Prince Buster (1965)
  43. One Love – The Wailers (1965) (No UK release)
  44. Al Capone – Prince Buster (1965)
  45. I Should Have Known Better – Roland Alphonso (1965) (UK release 1966)
  46. Guns of Navarone – The Skatalites (1965)
  47. What’s New Pussy Cat? – The Wailers (1965)
  48. In The Mood For Ska – Lord Tanamo (1965)
  49. Bonanza Ska – Carlos Malcolm And The Afro Caribs (1965)
  50. Girls Town Ska – Baba Brooks Band (1965)
  51. One Step Beyond – Prince Buster (1965)
  52. El Pussy Cat – Roland Alphonso (1965)
  53. Lion of Judah – Buster’s All Stars (1966)
  54. Keep On Running – Jackie Edwards (1966) (No UK release)
  55. Rub And Squeeze – King Perry And The Soulettes (1966)
  56. James Bond – Roland Alphonso (1966)
  57. Respect – Prince Buster (1966)
  58. Bend Down Low – Bob Marley And The Wailers (1966) (UK release 1967)
  59. Pied Piper – Rita Marley (1966)
  60. I’ve Got A Date – Alton Ellis And The Flames (1966) (UK release 1967)
  61. Phoenix City – Roland Alphonso And The Soul Brothers (1966)
  62. Storm Warning – Lyn Taitt And The Boys (1966)
  63. Take It Easy – Hopeton Lewis (1966) (UK release 1967)
  64. Stop That Train – Keith & Tex (1967) (UK release 1968)
  65. Judge Sympathy – Duke Reid (1967)
  66. Fattie Fattie – The Heptones (1967) (No UK release)
  67. Tougher Than Tough (Rudi In Court) – Derrick Morgan And The Aces (1967)
  68. Judge Dread – Prince Buster (1967)
  69. Duke of Earl – Alton Ellis And The Flames (1967)
  70. Let’s Do Rock Steady – Dandy (1967)
  71. 007 – Desmond Dekker And The Aces (1967)
  72. Stir It Up – Bob Marley And The Wailers (1967) (UK release 1968)
  73. Train To Skaville – The Ethiopians (1967)
  74. Train To Girls Town – Prince Buster (1967)
  75. I’m Still In Love – Alton Ellis (1967)
  76. And I Love Her – Prince Buster (1967)
  77. Rude Boy Train – Desmond Dekker (1967)
  78. Train Tour To Rainbow City – The Pyramids (1967)
  79. The Tide Is High – The Paragons (1967)
  80. You Don’t Love Me – Dawn Penn (1967) (No UK release)
  81. Puppet On A String – Ken Boothe (1967)
  82. Darker Shade of Black – Jackie Mittoo (1967) (From the LP “In London”)
  83. I Will Get Along – The Melodians (1967)
  84. Real Rock – Sound Dimension (1967) (No UK release)
  85. Mellow Mood – The Wailers (1967) (UK release 1968)
  86. Rudy A Message To You – Dandy (1967)
  87. Blam Blam Fever (Gunfever) – The Valentines (1967)
  88. 54-46 That’s My Number – The Maytals (1968)
  89. A It Mek – Desmond Dekker And The Aces (1968)
  90. The Upsetter – Lee Perry (1968)
  91. Soul Limbo – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires (1968)
  92. There Is A Man Who Lives Next Door – The Paragons (1968) (UK release 1969)
  93. Engine 54 – The Ethiopians (1968)
  94. Do The Reggay – The Maytals (1968)
  95. No More Heartaches – The Beltones (1968)
  96. Nanny Goat – Larry And Alvin (1968)
  97. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da – The Bedrocks (1968)
  98. Hold Me Tight – Johnny Nash (1968)
  99. Feel Like Jumping – Marcia Griffiths (1968)
  100. Israelites – Desmond Dekker And The Aces (1968)
  101. Kansas City – Joya Landis (1968)
  102. The Scorcher – Prince Buster And All Stars (1968)
  103. Watch This Sound –The Uniques (1968)
  104. Cuss Cuss – Lloyd Robinson (1968)
  105. People Funny Boy – Lee(King) Perry (1968)
  106. A Place In The Sun – David Isaacs (1968)
  107. Tighten Up – The Untouchables (1968)
  108. Angel of The Morning – Joya Landis (1968)
  109. All My Loving – Prince Buster And The All Stars (1968)
  110. Spanish Harlem – Val Bennett (1968)
  111. It’s Reggae Time – D. Tony Lee (1968)
  112. Rudi’s In Love – The Locomotive (1968)
  113. Donkey Returns – Brother Dan All Stars (1968)
  114. Wet Dream – Max Romeo (1968)
  115. Reggae In The Wind – Lester Sterling (1968)
  116. Cupid – Johnny Nash (1968) (Uk release 1969)
  117. I’m Your Puppet – Dandy (1969)
  118. Monkey Man – The Maytals (1969) (UK release 1970)
  119. Wear You To The Ball – Hugh Roy And John Holt (1969) (UK release 1970)
  120. Reggae In Your Jeggae – Dandy (1969)
  121. Pressure Drop – The Maytals (1969)
  122. Return of Django – The Upsetters (1969)
  123. The Liquidator – Harry J. All Stars (1969)
  124. Loch Ness Monster – King Horror (1969)
  125. Red, Red Wine – Tony Tribe (1969)
  126. Wonderful World, Beautiful People – Jimmy Cliff (1969)
  127. People Get Ready – Dandy (1969)
  128. Elizabethan Reggae – Boris Gardner (1969)
  129. Moon Hop – Derrick Morgan (1969)
  130. Wreck A Pum Pum – Prince Buster And All Stars (1969)
  131. The Ugly One – King Stitt (1969)
  132. Don’t Let Me Down – Marcia Griffiths (1969)
  133. Give Peace A Chance – The Hot Chocolate Band (1969)
  134. Long Shot Kick De Bucket – The Pioneers (1969)
  135. Skinhead Moon Stomp – Symarip (1969)
  136. Wreck A Buddy – The Soul Sisters (1969)
  137. Fattie Fattie – Clancy Eccles (1969)
  138. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Slim Smith (1969)
  139. How Long Will It Take – Pat Kelly (1969)
  140. Fire Corner – King Stitt (1969)
  141. Dynamic Fashion Way – U-Roy (1969) (No UK release)
  142. Barbwire –Nora Dean (1969) (UK release 1970)
  143. Sweet Sensation – The Melodians (1969)
  144. Clint Eastwood – The Upsetters (1969)
  145. Birth Control – Lloyd Charmers (1969) (UK release 1970)
  146. Sitting In The Park – Alton Ellis (1969) (USA release only)
  147. Ali Baba – John Holt (1969)
  148. Hailes Selaise – Laurel Aitken (1969)
  149. Herbsman Shuffle – King Stitt And Andy Capp (1969) (UK release 1970)
  150. Selassie – The Reggae Boys (1969)