OLDIES SUNDAY: The Chosen Few – In The Rain (1972)


While the Caribbean and parts of the world are experiencing rainy days, today’s Oldies Sunday focuses on a different type of rain. Today’s selection comes from the Reggae Band The Chosen Few with the track, “In The Rain“!

Produced by the late King Sporty and released through Micron Music Limited in 1972, this is a cover of The Dramatics’ 1971 hit, and one of a few Reggae versions done. With many references to actual rain, The Chosen Few are speaking about heartbreak and needing to go out in the rain so no one can see them crying. A song for those who have been experiencing breakups and hurt, The Chosen Few delivered something that comforts the listener. King Sporty’s production on this blends Reggae, Funk, and Soul for something really special. The track was featured on The Chosen Few’s 1976 “Night & Day” a.k.a. “The Chosen Few In Miami” album. We featured it last year in our Youtube video titled, “Rainy Day“, feel free to check it out below.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: King Sporty – Thinking Of You (1973)


Yesterday (September 19) marked the 77th birthday of the late Singer/Musician/DJ/Producer, King Sporty. A man who was never afraid to try new things, he was a man who mastered his craft well, and the world loved him. Today, we salute him on “Oldies Sunday” with the selection, “Thinking Of You“.

Released in 1973 through the Konduko label, it was a more uptempo cover of The Blues Busters’ 1971 track which was produced by the late Byron Lee. King Sporty handled production here as it was a smooth blend of Reggae, Funk, and Soul sounds. On the track, Sporty shares lyrics about a lost love who he misses dearly, how them separating affected him, and pleads they give their relationship another chance. The production was really good on this, and made many believe that Sporty was the original performer of the track. “Thinking Of You” was played at various gigs including the Gusman Hall in Miami, Florida, where King Sporty resided and became a pioneer for the Miami Reggae scene.

Prior to “Thinking Of You”, King Sporty was a DJ for the late “Sir Coxsone” Dodd’s sound system. In the 70s, he became a label owner, performer, and co-wrote the Bob Marley classic, “Buffalo Soldier“. Since the mid-80s, he was married to the late legendary R&B Singer Betty Wright until his death in 2015. “Thinking Of You” was sampled in 2010 by Hip Hop group Fun Lovin’ Criminals for their “Classic Fantastic” track.

Walk good, King Sporty!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Everton Thomas & The Pathfinders – I Shall Make It (1978)


Providing a lil inspiration this Oldies Sunday, we’re going back to Church with Everton Thomas (Now Bishop Everton Thomas) & The Pathfinders! With all the craziness going on, we need a lil peace, and soothing sounds (and other types of sound that keeps you going). Going back to the year 1978, we check out, “I Shall Make It“.

Produced by Everton Thomas and Stephen Stewart, this Gospel track was released through the Growth Label. On the track, the Sextet consisting of Everton, Jenny Tracey, Juliet Thomas, Lorna Otto, Silbert Thomas Jr., and Sharon Thomas, they come together to assure us that no matter how challenging our journey and trials are, GOD is there every step of the way, and we will be taken care of. “I Shall Make It” was featured on the group’s album, “Make a Joyful Noise“, which was released in 1978 (re-released recently), and boasts almost all original material, and Funk, Soul, and Country influences, something that not many Gospel acts would delve into. Fun fact, the album features background vocals from “Jamaica’s SongbirdKaren Smith, and Cleveland Browne, 1/2 of the legendary Production duo, Steely & Clevie (he also played Drums on the album).

Since then, Everton Thomas & the Pathfinders disbanded. Everton went on to deliver God’s word at the Immanuel Apostolic Church, while the others continued to minister to people over the years. Carrying on the legacy of the group is Recording Artist Chris Malachi, who is doing pretty well for himself so far in spreading the Gospel (and talent).

We urge you to stay safe, quarantine wisely, and stay sanitized always.

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.@LopoLaugh Of @Acmatic Drops New Single, “Straight To It” With Sawandi!


It’s been a while since we’ve heard any music from Jamaican group, Acmatic. No worries though, as they’ve recently announced that they’ll be back. Until then, Acmatic Frontman King Lopo keeps the name alive with a track titled, “Straight To It“! Sharing production with Producer/Recording Artist Sawandi, we get a blend of Funk, Electronic Music, Dancehall, Hip Hop, and all around good vibes as Lopo keeps the rhymes flowing like the White Rum he so loves. Whether you’re starting your morning off, or searching for a party to crash in the night, “Straight To It” will keep you pumped up and ready for anything! Good to see Lopo back in the booth. New Acmatic on the way!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Sonya Spence – Let Love Flow On (1981)


In recognition of March being “Women’s History Month“, Oldies Sunday will be highlighting a few women who have made their contribution to the Jamaican music landscape in the early years. In our next selection, we  highlight the late Singer, Sonya (sometimes Sonja or Sonia) Spence. She was a part of the new wave of promising acts in the 1970s and 80s. Today we look back at her single, “Let Love Flow On“. Produced by Sonia Pottinger (Jamaica’s 1st female Producer) for High Note Records in 1981, this was featured on Spence’s “Sings Love” album that was released in the same year. With a blend of Funk, Reggae, and Soul, Sonya spreads her soft vocals all over the production, and will find you grooving with your favourite person.

While Sonia had a run that birthed a few popular tracks and the release of a few albums, the later days were not very kind to her as she developed a drug habit. She made appearances at various places including Schools (Editor’s note: She made numerous visits to Manchester high when I was a student there) where she would warn against drug abuse, and she’d lend her voice to a few persons along the way till she passed away in 2007.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: A.J. Brown – All Fall Down (1987)


It’s Sunday, and there’s something we’ve missed, and that is “Oldies Sunday“! Today’s selection comes from the legendary A.J. Brown a.k.a. “The Voice Of Jamaica“! Going back to the year 1987, we check out “All Fall Down“. Produced by Peter Ashbourne and released by Busy Bee Records, A.J. gave listeners a funky number in the 2nd half of the 80’s. In the song, A.J. lets a young lady know that despite being involved with other peoples and doing all sort of activities, he knows the way to her heart every time. While she can live in a make believe world, she lets down her guard when he’s around. The song was included in A.J.’s 1988 album, “Rhyme Or Reason“.

“All Fall Down” became one of A.J.’s hits, and he quickly became an Artist to watch. The single became so popular that it was featured on the soundtracks to “The Howling Pt. 3” and “The Fourth Protocol” movies. Since then, A.J. went on to deliver more hits, collaborated/performed with some of the biggest artists out there, lent his voice to various commercials and campaigns, and was also a Judge on Digicel’s Rising Stars competition. He is also the Lead Vocalist for Reggae Band Third World replacing the late William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke.

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