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OLDIES SUNDAY: Claudelle Clarke – I Saw The Light (1979)


With 2020 being a year filled with crazy events, it’s only right we start our first Oldies Sunday of 2021 on a Gospel note. Today’s selection comes from Gospel Music Icon Claudelle Clarke with the track, “I Saw The Light“.

Produced/Arranged by Alvin Ranglin and released through GG’s Records in 1979, this was a cover of “The King Of Country MusicHank Williams Sr.’s 1948 single. The song speaks of a backslider who looks back at the many things they have done before they see the light of God, and expresses how they feel after being saved. Before Claudelle Clarke’s version, “I Saw The Light” was already a Country Gospel standard, and was covered by the likes of Country Music Pioneer Ernest Tubb, Music Icon Pat Boone, Country Music Icon Willie Nelson, and many others. Claudelle Clarke’s version stood the test of time for being one of the best Jamaican Gospel songs ever made, and is still touching hearts to this day. The single was featured on Clarke’s 1979 album, “God Is A Mountain“.

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OLDIES SUNDAY (Christmas): Singing Francine – Hurray Hurrah (1979)


In recognition of the Christmas season, we’re highlighting a few Christmas songs for the month of December on Oldies Sunday! Last week we visited Haiti, this week we stopped by Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago to check out the legendary Singing Francine’sHurray Hurrah“!

Arranged by Pelham Goddard and released through M&H Productions in 1979, Singing Francine shares the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, and highlights his importance to all of us. Over beautiful production, Singing Francine gives us a lively song that will make everyone join in clapping and singing. The track was featured on her 1979 “From Christmas…To Carnival Vol. 1” album, and her 1981 “Christmas Is Love” album. One of the Queens of Calypso with the great Calypso Rose, Singing Francine has brought joy and a lot of entertainment to anyone within earshot of her voice for many decades. “Hurray Hurrah” is one of her many Christmas releases, and is still played in various parts of the Caribbean.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Junior Murvin – Cool Out Son (1979)


Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from the late Reggae Musician, Junior Murvin. Today we hear his vocals on the classic, “Cool Out Son“. Produced by Joe Gibbs and Errol T. on their version of the “Real Rock Riddim” and released through the Heavy Duty label in 1979, Junior gives us a beautiful vocal delivery along with motivational lyrics encouraging us that the race is not for the swift, so be patient and build your way to the top. Where there is life, there is hope. 

“Cool Out Son” went on the become one of Junior Murvin’s most popular songs. It made an appearance on the soundtrack for the popular “Skate 3” video game which was released by Electronic Arts (EA) in 2010. Influenced by the late Singer/Songwriter Curtis Mayfield, Murvin would bless the world with his signature sound to what would later become classics. Junior Murvin made his transition on December 2, 2013 due to health problems, but his music lives on. Remember, good things come to those who work hard for it.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: The Tamlins – Baltimore (1979/1980)


Today’s Oldies Sunday selection was inspired by the latest offerings by Recording Artist, Lila Ike. Our selection comes from Reggae Group The Tamlins with the track, “Baltimore“. Produced by Sly & Robbie for Taxi Records, this was released in 1979 and 1980, and is a cover of American Recording Artist Randy Newman’s 1977 track of the same name. It was heavily inspired by American Recording Artist/Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone’s 1978 cover, especially in the production department. With the song’s social commentary, it paints a picture of living in Baltimore, Maryland in the 70s with people living on hard times, and if given the chance to escape, returning is never an option.

Since The Tamlins’ version of “Baltimore” was released, it became one of their biggest songs, thanks to its excellent Reggae production and harmonies displayed throughout. The Sly & Robbie production went on to become a juggling Riddim that has been reworked by Star Trail and Main Street labels, and featured recordings from Courtney John, Lutan Fyah, Dennis Brown, and many more. As mentioned earlier, the selection was inspired by Lila Ike, as she released her debut EP titled, “The ExPerience” on Friday, May 15. The EP’s final track, “Thy Will“, which was produced by Protoje, samples The Tamlins’ version. The group, consisting of Winston Morgan, Junior Moore, and Carlton “Tamlin” Smith, went on to release more music, and collaborated with various Artists including the late Peter Tosh. Though still active, original member Winston Morgan left in 1983, and was replaced by Derrick Lara who passed away in February 2020.

WE URGE YOU TO STAY SAFE, QUARANTINE WISELY, AND STAY SANITIZED ALWAYS.

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