This was the first single I ever bought, at the age of ten. A sentimental song called Those Were The Days, sung by an apple-cheeked blonde from Wales by the name of  Mary Hopkin – and produced by Paul McCartney.

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Alton Ellis sings the original rocksteady version of the song that grew into multiple hits for artists from Althea & Donna to Sean Paul, way back in 1967. (more…)

Another rocksteady classic from Studio One. Dawn Penn was only 15 when she recorded this in 1967 – and in her 40s when it became a UK hit (as No, No, No) in 1994. (more…)

Alton Ellis – Mad Mad

21st September 1967 · 1960s, 1967, Music, Reggae

This is one of the signature songs of the Rocksteady era – the brief bridging period in the mid-Sixties between the bouncy urgency of Ska and the laid-back drum’n’bass grooves and conscious lyrics of Reggae. (more…)

Jack Sparrow – Ice Water

29th September 1965 · 1960s, 1965, Music, Reggae

Jack Sparrow (aka Leonard Dillon of The Ethiopians) puts the rude into rude boy with this ska classic from 1965 with innuendo-laden lyrics. (more…)

The Sorrows – Take A Heart

15th September 1965 · 1960s, Music

The Sorrows had this solitary hit single in 1963 and disappeared from view. Apart from singer Don Fardon, who had a solitary hit of his own with Indian Reservation in 1970. (more…)

The Moody Blues – Go Now

1st January 1965 · 1960s, 1965, Music

The Moody Blues made arguably the first ever pop promo for Go Now in 1964, borrowed by Queen when they made their Bohemian Rhapsody video a decade later.
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