Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Reggae Girl

Compilation on the Big Shot label from 1968 of various ska and rock steady artistes including The Tennors, Monty Morris , Harmonians etc. Wikipedia says of The Tennors - "The group was formed in Kingston in the mid-1960s by singer George "Clive" Murphy who formed a duo with Maurice "Professor" Johnson. They called themselves the Tennor Twins. They auditioned a song called "Pressure and Slide" in 1967 while sitting in the back of a taxicab for arranger Jackie Mittoo of Studio One. Murphy and Johnson were then joined by Norman Davis, and the trio recorded the song backed by Mittoo. This, their first single, was one of the major Jamaican hits for the year 1967,. The Tennors then went on to form their own label that grew its own stable of artists. The accidental death of Johnson reduced the trio back to a duo, and Murphy and Davis continued as songwriters. They offered their song, "Ride Yu Donkey", to many artists, but ended up recording it themselves after it was turned down. The song was released in 1968 and was a huge hit. Other songs by the Tennors included "Cleopatra (I've Got to Get You Off My Mind)", "Grandpa", Massi Massa", "Girl You Hold Me" and "Rub Me Khaki", "Sufferer", "Sign of the Times", "Biff Baff" (aka "Traitor"), "Bow Legged Girl", "Little Things", "Cherry" and "Oh My Baby". The group became a trio again with the addition of Ronnie Davis in 1968. Other singers who were in the Tennors included Nehemiah Davis, George Dekker, Howard Spencer, and Hilton Wilson. The trio backed singer Jackie Bernard on "Another Scorcher", and moved towards reggae with the song "Reggae Girl"." Tracks are as follows - 1. Reggae Girl - The Tennors 2. Oh My Baby - The Harmonians 3. Khaki - Tennors 4. The Stage - The Tennors 5. Donkey Trot - Clive All Stars 6. While I Was Talking - Romeo Stewart Various - Side One


grooVemonzter said...

Nice one. Thanks.

grooVemonzter said...

Nice one! Thanks.