CLASSICS: REGGAE/ROCKSTEADY/SKA

Boris Gardiner I Wanna Wake Up With You

Growing up, I remember hearing this song a lot on reggae radio stations. The song is called “I Wanna Wake Up With You,” sung by the legendary reggae sensation Boris Gardiner. I thought that this was one of the sweetest, loving, and romantic reggae songs I’ve heard at the time. This was and still is, the perfect wedding song if you ask me. The song was written by Ben Peters, and the music was put together by Willie Lindo. The song was released under both Revue Records & Creole Records. Now, when I purchased this record originally in ’86, all I saw was the 12 inch versions in the store; so I don’t know if there existed an actual album; or it was released only as a single. “I Wanna Wake Up With You” hit #1 in the UK; it was the best selling album in the UK for ’86. It also reached #3 in South Africa.



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I absolutely love this song! It’s from a group called “Tomorrow’s Children,” and the song is called “Bang Bang Rock Steady (1967).” This is basically a remake of  Cher’s old classic “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (1966).” A second song (I’m assuming is on side B of this 45 record), is called “Rain (1967),” also happens to be a remake of the Beatles “Rain (1966).” “Tomorrow’s Children” was a great reggae group, and unfortunately there is almost no information on them to share, other than the music they’ve made, and records available. What a shame.

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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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Going back to an old school reggae album called “Right Time (1976)” with The Mighty Diamonds.” This is one of my many favorite albums from The Mighty Diamonds. The song I really love from this album is called “Why Me Black Brother Why?” I don’t even hear anybody speak of The Mighty Diamonds these days. I do recommend that old school reggae lovers seek them out. There is one other ultimate favorite album of mine; however, it is extremely hard to get. It is not available on streaming; and I only recommend the original vinyl. The reason why I recommend the vinyl, is because the CD version has a lot of re-edits, and in my opinion, it is not as good as the original album released in 1979 (unless you can find a CD with both original and “Dub.” I guarantee you, once you start playing this album, you will play it over and over, I think it’s that good. It is not often that I hear an artist, and I like their entire album! This album is called “Deeper Roots (Back to the Channel) (1979)” and you can find the vinyl version on Amazon. It was on Rhapsody and Spotify (the dub version), but the license expired. Do you see the importance of “liking” your music, and sharing them, and playing them? Don’t let our culture die. Anyway, I feel it should be a must have in your reggae collection. My favorites are “Dreadlocks Time,” “Diamonds and Pearls,” and “Bodyguard.” Below are links to the album called “Right Time (1976).”

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