Horace Andy

Show And Tell Horace Andy covered one of our favourite songs by Al Wilson. It’s given the Ska Bluebeat Reggae treatment and not too bad either. He is a respected singer in Jamaica and have recorded several tracks with Massive Attack. His origins are Jamaican and he is a Rastfarian. Horace Andy

Phyllis Dillon

Make Me Yours Phyllis Dillon gives Betty Swan‘s original the Ska/Blue Beat treatment: nice. Don’t Stay Away (Doctor Bird) Perfidia (1967) Of course these 45’s released by Phyllis Dillon were played at the ONLY club in Manchester town centre that featured Jamaican music in the late 1960’s – The Blue Note. Dave Lomas was the DJ doin’ the deed.

Della Humphrey

Don’t Make The Good Girls Go Bad On the FANTASTIC UK ACTION label from this almost unknown lady Soul singer Della Humphrey. We played this ’45 at the Blue Note Manchester. Other tracks by Della Humphrey: Let’s Wait Until Dark Girls Have Feelings She made slow Soul ballads and also some reggae music.

Dandy Livingstone – Rudy A Message To You

RUDY A MESSAGE TO YOU (1967) This song by Dandy Livingstone was a huge track at both The Blue Note and The Twisted Wheel. It was all about the Rude Boys in Jamaica. And an even bigger hit in the 80’s when the Specials caught that SKA ROCK STEADY BLUE BEAT. Dandy Livingstone – Wikipedia

Theophilus Beckford

Jack And Jill Shuffle This track by Theophilus Beckford was another Blue Beat 45 played regularly at the Blue Note Manchester.

Dave And Ansell Collins

Double Barrel This song by Dave And Ansell Collins was played at the Blue Note in Manchester, a big chart hit too and by 1970 it was the premier club for SKA and Blue Beat, and I even heard it played at a Twisted wheel all-nighter.

Keith and Ken

At The Hop This SKA track by Keith and Ken was often played at the Blue Note Manchester. Not a very inspirational duet name it has to be admitted and definitely belongs to the earlier type of ska/bluebeat which was basically American lollipop music given the ska treatment. Plenty of brass in the background! A … Read more

Glen Miller

Rock Steady Party (1968) – Hip-Hug-Her No, not the other Glen Miller! What a rip-off, I even played this a couple of times at the Blue Note club in Manchester in 1969. Its not really bad, it does have a great rap of lyrics, but how on earth did he get away with simply putting … Read more