Shock Out! 12 Amazing Reggae Covers Of Classic Songs


8. King Tubby, “Take Five (Dub)”

Here’s another Jazz influencer to Reggae artist. King Tubby, the dub master, flaunts his skills in the studio with his “Take Five” rubba-dub-dub track. Be sure to mellow out to the Dave Brubeck Quartet original (1959) written by Paul Desmon and produced by Teo Macero.


7. Joyce Bond, “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da”

As Reggae was catching fire in the UK, Paul McCartney wrote this tune as a tribute to the new, popular sound coming from Jamaica. On the first line “Desmond has a barrow in the market-place,” Paul is referring to Ska/Reggae artist Desmond Dekker. Almost like a echo, Joyce Bond recorded this memorable uptempo version in 1969.


6. Peter Tosh, “Here Comes the Sun”

The Fab Four recorded “Here Comes the Sun” in 1969. Trench Town native Peter Tosh rolled up a nice version of his own within a year of the original. This record was difficult to find until it was repressed on the 2004 album Can’t Blame the Youth.


5. Dennis Brown, “Black Magic Woman”

The late Dennis Brown blessed us with Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” which he recorded in 1972. This song was written by Peter Green. “Black Magic Woman” was originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1969 before it became famously known by the group Santana.

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