Back by rude boy demand, we give another round of big bad tunes from back in the day! Let’s take a walk down memory lane, through some of the tough streets of Kingston, Jamaica. Prepare yourself to enjoy the likes of serious classic hits, seen through the lens of the infectious reggae beat. R&B, By the late ’60s and early ’70s, soul, rock and even country music were being inhaled and exhaled by pioneers of rocksteady and reggae music. So put on your dancin’ shoes and pile into the dancehall! Selector… Come down…
12. Tomorrow’s Children “Bang Bang”
Cher is well known for her 1966 original, hippy-gypsy, and tambourine-banging version. This tune was written by then-husband Sonny Bono. Nancy Sinatra couldn’t lay her hands off of this track, and covered it that same year. Tomorrow’s Youth recorded their signature rocksteady version in 1967.
11. Alton Ellis “It’s a Shame”
Stevie Wonder co-wrote this tune with Syreeta Wright and Lee Garrett for The Spinners. This single was recorded in 1970 on Motown’s VIP Records. It was the first record Stevie Wonder produced for another artist. Not a bad first attempt as “It’s a Shame” made it to Number 3 on the R&B Singles Billboard chart. This was a natural cover for the Godfather of Rocksteady Alton Ellis, who launched his career singing in R&B style with Coxsone Dodd at Studio One.
10. Delory Wilson “It’s a Shame”
The studio Channel One, run by Chinese-Jamaican born, Joe Joe Hoo Kim, recorded Delroy Wilson’s version of “It’s a Shame” shortly thereafter.