The Equals were Britain’s first successful multi-racial pop group, and one of the few mixed-race bands in that era. The chart-topping Baby Come Back was their biggest hit. Continue reading “The Equals – Baby Come Back”
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.
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. Continue reading “Alton Ellis – I’m Still In Love With You”
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. Continue reading “Dawn Penn – You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”
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. Continue reading “Alton Ellis – Mad Mad”