Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop (1964)

To mark the death of reggae and ska pioneer Millie Small, on May 5th, 2020, here is her only big hit “My Boy Lollipop” from 1964. It reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, also number 2, in the UK, that year. I remember we had this record, at home, growing up, in the […]

Dave and Ansell Collins – Double Barrel (1970)

This iconic reggae song, “Double Barrel”, is by Dave & Ansell Collins. Although it was released in 1970, it took until May of 1971, to reach Number One in the UK, and until August, 1971, to get to Number 22, on the Billboard Hot 100. This was the second Reggae song to top the charts, […]

Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking

This song, Uptown Top Ranking, by Althea & Donna, a Jamaican reggae vocal duo, reached number 1, in the UK in 1978. Notably, it was originally played by the late, influential, BBC Radio One DJ, John Peel, before being picked up by the more mainstream daytime Radio One DJ’s.

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