CLASSICS: REGGAE/ROCKSTEADY/SKA

I have to say, I’ve never been a fan of Julian Lennon at all, with the exception of one song. When his first album came out, every rock critique expected him to be a sensational replica of his famous (then deceased) father. In 1984, Julian released an album called, “Valotte,” which I believe this was his first album. On that album there was a song called “Too Late For Goodbyes,” and the song peaked at #5, and stayed on the American Billboard charts for 17 weeks. It also reached #6 on the UK charts. This song was released about 4 years after his father’s murder, and remains to be his most successful work in his career. Unfortunately, this was the only song I ever liked from Julian. There had been a couple more songs that became chart topping hits, but I have to be honest, personally, I didn’t like any of them.

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O.K. I’m going to switch gears here a little bit. It’s been a while since I posted some reggae. I want to draw your attention to a Mr. Alton Ellis, a Jamaican singer and songwriter from back in the day. He was born in 1938, and started his musical career 1959 (about the age of 21). He had a long lasting career until just before his death in 2008 (about the age of 70). One of my most favorite songs from Ellis, is a song called “I’m Still In Love,” released under the Horse label in 1977. Now, this was and still is a beautiful song. What I love about this song, it wasn’t the typical love songs we used to hear (at least American songs), you know, the “I’m sorry, and I’m begging you please” type of songs with the doom and gloom musical backgrounds. Not only is the song upbeat, but it’s very danceable and fun to listen to. Unfortunately, I’m having a huge problem finding the stats to this song. What’s even more a disappointment is that, Sean Paul remade this song with Sasha in 2002 (which by the way, I also love their version as well), and his stats are all over the net. But, barely anything about Ellis. You see what I mean about Blacks losing our history in the digital age? A legendary singer, now lost and forgotten by most. Well, anyway, check it out on Spotify. It’s a beautiful song… Enjoy.

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