Monday, October 20, 2014

R.I.P. reggae legend John Holt

John Holt, one of the giants of Reggae's golden years, died yesterday in a London hospital at age 67.  A famed vocalist and successful songwriter, his career spanned his entry in talent shows when he was in the mid-'50s to his last album release in 2003.  As a vocalist, he enjoyed success as a solo artist, in duets, and in the group The Paragons.  Some may recall that The Paragons recorded the original version of "The Tide Is High", which later was a hit for Blondie.  While he recorded socially conscious and Rastafarian related material, he probably was best known for his romantic, "lovers rock" recordings.  To remind you of his talent, I've included clips of his Rocksteady hit for the Treasure Isle label, "Ali Baba", his lovers rock hit for Studio One "I Want A Love I Can Feel", and the original version of "The Tide Is High".

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