3. Alton Ellis and The Heptones “Lovin’ You”
Minnie Riperton released this Number One Billboard chart topper in 1975. “Lovin’ You” is one of few Number One songs without percussion. Alton Ellis and The Heptones added a touch of percussion but didn’t attempt Ms. Riperton’s signature high “whistle register” notes.
2. The Paragons & Rosalyn Sweat “Blackbird”
Off the White Album, The Beatles recorded this song in 1968. Paul McCartney’s guitar figure is inspired by classical lute play of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bourrée in E minor. Look at that, no percussion and bird chirping!?! The Paragons introduced horns and organ into their interpretation. Love the three horn tweets at 1:40 that mimic a bird chirping.
1. Dawn Penn “No, No, No (You Don’t Love Me)”
This is actually a re-recording of the original song Dawn Penn first recorded in 1967 at Studio One with Mr. Coxsone Dodd. But… this is not the original. Ms Penn did not pen this song. “You Don’t Love Me” was released in 1961 by bluesman Willie Cobb. But… Mr Cobb borrowed some of the guitar riffs and lyrics from Bo Diddley’s song “She’s Fine She’s Mine.” Caught up in copyright issues, Willie Cobb’s song failed to hit the charts. Coxsone Dodd was paying full attention as he produced Dawn Penn’s original. After some success in the following years, Dawn left Jamaica (and her singing career) for two decades only to return again to re-record this hit. The return of “No, No, No” by Dawn Penn was produced by the duo Steely and Clevie in 1994 which became a forever dancehall classic.
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