Sunday, May 19, 2013

More Rocksteady Music Genre Songs (sound files & videos)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series on Rocksteady music. Part II features six Rocksteady songs & one Rocksteady mix.

Part I showcases sound files or videos of Jamaican artists & the songs that were influential in the creation & popularization of Rocksteady music.

Click Part I of this series

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

(These sound files and videos are presented in chronological order based on the date of their YouTube posting, with the oldest dated example posted first.)

Example #1: Johnny Nash "Hold Me Tight"

weenielongus,Uploaded on Nov 19, 2007

I saw this one a while back, but I don't see it posted anymore, so until someone else post it, I'll post it!! [1968]

Example #2: Phyllis Dillon - One Life To Live

clanccy, Uploaded on Jun 19, 2008

Phyllis Dillon - One Live To Live.
AKA..Shirley Kay. Taken from my Album 'One Life To Live' 1971.
Phyllis was one tough bird! Bless Up sister phyllis RIP.
Phyllis Dillon recorded in rough, tough Kingston, Jamaica, at Duke Reid's Treasure Isle studio, but lived in Linton, St. Catherine -- considered the country -- in the middle of Jamaica. The area, a far cry from Kingston, is where she started singing in school, church, and later with a band called the Vulcans. The crack band found employment all over Jamaica. It was at a gig at the Glass Bucket in Kingston where Dillon caught ska and rocksteady session guitarist Lyn Taitt's ears who suggested she see Reid. She was 19, still living at home, and green as grass. Taitt served as Reid's musical arranger at the time. She signed with Reid in 1965 and never recorded for another Jamaican producer, which was unusual, since most Jamaican artists played musical producers going from Reid to Bunny Lee to Coxsone Dodd and so on...

Example #3: Rollin Rollin - Roy Shirley

yourmanwatson, Uploaded on Jul 14, 2010

Roy Shirley also known as King Roy Shirley and The High Priest (born Ainsworth Roy Rushton Shirley, July 18, 1944, Kingston, Jamaica, died July 2008) was a Jamaican singer whose career spanned the ska, rocksteady and reggae eras, and whose "Hold Them" is a contender for the first ever rocksteady song. He was also one of the original members of The Uniques...


TheRevivalmaster, Uploaded on Nov 13, 2010

Example #5: Alton Ellis - Rocksteady

JohnnySkaRocksteady, Uploaded on Nov 18, 2011

rocksteady mix volume four

kennykool53, Uploaded on Nov 6, 2010

the cream of jamaican rocksteady music

Click and for a two part pancocojams series on two R&B songs and children's cheerleader cheers that have the title "Rock Steady".

Thanks to the featured vocalists for their musical legacies. Thanks also to the YouTube publishers of these sound files and videos.

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