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Jamaican vocal trio the Kingstonians were formed 1966 by Jackie Bernard and his brother Footy, along with mutual friend Lloyd Kerr. First they called themselves “The Apostles”, but soon changed their name to Kingstonians. Their greatest succes they had between 1968 and 1970 with producer Derrick Harriot, in the years before the Kingstonians recorded with producer J.J. Johnson. Harriot helped steer the singles “Singer Man” and “Sufferer” to the top of the Jamaican charts. Both killer tracks are also on the here presented LP, originally released 1970 and the only full length record of the Kingstonians. The album was the absolute career high point for the Trio and and it remains a wonderful example of rocksteady right at the point where it began to tip over into early reggae. Harriott and Kingstonians leader Jackie Bernard co-wrote most of the songs on the album, a fantastic album full of sweet melodies and pumping rocksteady. The album and its key track, “Sufferer,” have had an impact that far outweighs the brief life span of the group.

Easy ride reggae!

Another file which is down, but you find this Kingstonians record also here.


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Many people know “Everything I know“, Ken Boothe´s reggae take on David Gates song which was an international chartbuster. But Ken Boothe is on the spot for 40 years, started as teenage sensation in the early sixties. “Mr. Rocksteady” excelled in making rocksteady covers of pop and soul hits for Studio 1. After several singles, first in 1963, he released his first full length record 1968. The list of his producers reads like a who is who of Jamaican music history: Duke Reid, Leslie Kong, Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, Sonia Pottinger, Keith Hudson, Phil Pratt, Winston “Niney” Holness.

1971 he teamed up with producer Lloyd Charmers on the UK Trojan label and 1973 Ken Boothe released “Black, Gold & Green”, his voice still deep and gritty, earning him a reputation as Jamaica’s answer to Wilson Pickett. The record was the first of three produced by Lloyd Charmers and you can already hear that proto-roots musical accompaniment, but with heavy soul and R&B influences. Even the love songs are tinged with a brooding melancholy not heard in his discography until this point. Ken Boothe writes, records and performs until today.


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