This episode starts with early rocksteady then goes back in time to original vintage ska.
For those who are not familiar with ska, I will attempt to give you a brief history. Ska music originated in Jamaica in the 1950s and became popular in the 1960s. When you listen to ska lyrics and melodies you must keep a few things in mind:
- Ska had an uptempo beat for dancing and required very energetic dance moves. It’s based on Mento (Jamaican folk music) and Caribbean Calypso mixed with classic American R&B.
- Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain in 1962 with ska as the soundtrack. This music is the island’s 1st true ‘pop’ genre and there is a sense of new national pride in some of the lyrics.
- An influx of youth moved from outlying areas of the island to Kingston to look for work. Unable to make a living, many teens resorted to illegal activities. This set the stage for what became known as the “rude boy” subculture, another major source of lyrics in early ska.
In the late 1960s the pace of the ska beat slowed down and a new, slower genre called rocksteady emerged. Rocksteady only remained popular from 1966 to 1968. Then reggae music hit the town and spread like wildfire.
Ska caught on in the British market from 1960 to 1967. Many British ska record labels popped up on the scene releasing music that featured Jamaican artists and musicians. The skinhead and punk communities also embraced the music. Ska experienced a revival with a second wave of popularity driven by UK bands in the 1970s. Traditional ska transformed with the hard edge of punk rock among other influences.
The third wave of popularity began in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. By then most continents had a growing ska presence. Ska bands such as No Doubt, Sublime, and Fishbone led the way in the United States and had major commercial success.
- Johnny Clarke – Move Out of Babylon
- Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
- Carl Dawkins – Baby I Love You
- Derrick Morgan – Tougher Than Tough
- Peter Tosh and The Soulmates – Rudie’s Medley
- Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town)
- Lloyd Robinson – No More Trouble
- Alton Ellis and The Flames – Cry Tough
- Alton Ellis and The Flames – Blessing of Love
- Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy
- Alton Ellis – Girl I’ve Got a Date
- U-Roy – Wake the Town
- U-Roy – I Can’t Love Another
- Ken Boothe – The Train is Coming
- Bob Andy – I’ve Got to Go Back Home
- Delroy Wilson – Dancing Mood
- Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
- Paragons – Happy Go Lucky Girl
- Eric Morris – If I Didn’t Love You
- The Melodians – Rivers of Babylon
- Stranger Cole – Rough and Tough
- Theophilus Beckford – Easy Snappin’
- Bob and Marcia – Young Gifted and Black
- Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead
- The Maytals – Six and Seven Books of Moses
- The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
- Derrick Morgan – Forward March
- Prince Buster – Al Capone
- Derrick Morgan – The Hop
- Derrick Morgan – Housewives Choice
- Don Drummond – Man in the Street
- The Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina
- Bob Marley – Judge Not
- Jimmy Cliff – Miss Jamaica
- Alton Ellis and The Flames – Dance Crasher
- Justin Hinds and The Dominoes – Carry Go Bring Come
- The Wailers – Simmer Down
- Laurel Aitken – Boogie in My Bones
- Clancy Eccles – Sammy No Dead
- Baba Brooks – Girl’s Town Ska
- Owen Gray – Midnight Track
- Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop
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Known as Jamaica’s Song Bird and the Prince of Lovers Rock, who is more deserving of a tribute than Sanchez?
Love songs are back again | Reggae Lover Podcast Best of Sanchez mix.
If you’re into reggae music and of a certain age, then Sanchez is probably one of your favorite singers. With a hit-making career that began in the 1980s with a cover of “Lady in Red,” this singer has done it all musically and maintained a classy image throughout. His R&B covers can erase all former knowledge of the original songs.
I have witnessed Sanchez walk onto the stage to close shows and capture the hearts of the crowd by singing just a few notes. As I mentioned in the outro of Episode 57, there are many additional hit songs that could have gone into this such as his combination with Bounty Killer, but I wanted to keep the program close to an hour in length. I could go on, but I’ll spare you the words. It brings me great pleasure to present the Reggae Lover Podcast’s Best of Sanchez Lovers Rock mix.
Click to Download: 50 Top Sanchez Lovers Rock Songs
- Brown Eyes
- Still In Love
- Here I Am
- Tears On My Pillow
- Rest Your Head On My Shoulder
- Soon As I Get Home
- Love We Had Stays On My Mind
- Back At One
- Can We Talk
- My Sweet Thing
- Wherever I Lay My Hat
- Love Me Forever
- Another Sad Love Song
- Pretty Girl
- For You
- I’m Missing You
- Going Away ft. Beenie Man
- Breaking Up
- If I Ever Fall In Love
- Some Guys Have All The Luck
- Just Out Of Reach
- I Can’t Wait
- Won’t Last A Day (Day After Day)
- One In A Million
- (They Long To Be) Close To You
- Kiss Me Honey
- Give It A Chance
- Don’t Worry
- Brown Eye Girl
- Old Friends
- Pretty Looks
- Three Times A Lady
- Rearrange My Life
- Let Me Love You Down ft. Baby Wayne
- End Of The World
- Love Songs
- My Prerogative
- I Care For You
- Feel So
- That Girl
- Whip Appeal
- Love Mi Gal Bad ft. Flourgon
- Sad Songs
- Cherish The Love
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Rocksteady, a recurring festive occasion now being celebrated on 1st Sundays in downtown Atlanta’s re-born Old Forth Ward neighborhood presents a retro Caribbean soundtrack at a now classic locale, The Sound Table, located at 483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.
This is a unique old-school style themed reggae soiree powered by Highlanda Sound System and DJ Passport. Enjoy world-class mixology infused with crucial music selection you won’t get at other spots in the city.
More on the genre Rocksteady:
Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica during the late 1960s, after SKA and before REGGAE. Rocksteady and the early reggae that followed, was built around the “one drop” drum beat, characterized by a heavy accent on the second and fourth beat of every bar, played by the bass drum and the snare together. The bass line eventually became one of the most recognizable characteristics of Jamaican music.
Despite its short lifespan, rocksteady’s influence is great as most of the reggae artists started out in Rocksteady and/or SKA. Many reggae songs became focused less on romance and more on black consciousness, politics and protest. The release of the film “The Harder They Come” and the rise of Jamaican superstar Bob Marley brought reggae to an international level that rocksteady never reached.
Although rocksteady was a short-lived phase of Jamaican popular music (about 2 years), it was hugely influential on reggae, dub and dancehall. Many bass lines originally created for rocksteady songs continue to be used in contemporary Jamaican music, such as the rhythm from “Never Let You Go” by Slim Smith (sometimes known as the Answer rhythm) and the Hi-Fashion rhythm from “Bobby Babylon” by Freddie McGregor.