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OLDIES SUNDAY: Lee “Scratch” Perry – People Funny Boy (1968)


Today, the world has lost another Icon. Today, the LEGENDARY Lee “Scratch” Perry has transitioned to the big street dance in the afterlife. He is not only the “The Upsetter” or the “Super Ape“, but he is the FATHER of many styles that you have grown to love. His creativity knew no bounds, and his catalogue is unmatched. The “Mad Genius” breathed life into the careers of many, and we will honour him. Today’s Oldies Sunday selection showcases that he has BEEN the legend, even when he was in conflict. Today’s selection is “People Funny Boy“.

People Funny Boy” was released through Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Upset Label in 1968. This was Lee’s first major single, and it featured the use of Sampling (a baby crying), something that is widely popular today. While notable for those, this was also a diss track aimed at the late Producer Joe Gibbs whom Lee had disagreements with. Lee was recording with Gibbs at the time, but they fell out over finances, and Lee would share some of his grievances in the song in a way listeners would easily relate to. This was Lee’s second track of its kind as he also had conflict with the late “Sir Coxsone” Dodd in 1967, and released a diss track towards him called, “Run For Cover“. “People Funny Boy” saw Lee selling 60,000 records, and helped to bring his name to various circles. He would go on to have an amazing recording and production career for decades filled with unique moments and milestones until his sudden death earlier today. Remember the GREAT Lee “Scratch” Perry, an Icon forever!

thank you lee “Scratch” perry. Sleep well.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Trinity – Three Piece Suit (1975)


Today on Oldies Sunday, we celebrate a Jamaican Icon who has transitioned on to the big session in the afterlife. Today we show respect to the late Wade “Trinity” Brammer and his classic, “Three Piece Suit“.

Produced by Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson and released through Belmont Records in 1975, Trinity delivered his track in a style that we know as “toasting/deejaying“. A style that was also made popular by the likes of U-Roy, Dennis Alcapone, and many others, Trinity got lyrical over the “version/instrumental” of the popular Alton Ellis single, “I’m Still In Love With You” to speak about his situation with a voluptuous woman. The single was later featured on Trinity’s 1977 album of the same name. A song that is considered one of the first Dancehall songs, it became a huge hit for Trinity, and later inspired a counteraction track from Jamaican duo Althea & Donna titled, “Uptown Top Ranking” which went on to become a classic. Since the release of “Three Piece Suit”, Trinity helped to inspire the new generations of artists especially in the growing genre known as Dancehall, has collaborated with some of the top artists, and released a lot more classic material. Trinity passed away on April 9, 2021, but his music continues to live on.

thank you trinity. walk good!

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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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Marcia Aitken’s “I’m Still In Love” Featured In @Beyonce x Jay Z’s “OTR II” Ad!


Jamaica’s music continues to leave an impression on many worldwide, and today’s no different. Hours ago, Power couple Beyonce and Jay Z announced their “On The Run 2” Tour. While fans all over get their things ready to see their Idols perform live, music heads heard a familiar classic playing throughout the 45 second ad. Straight out of 1977 comes Marcia Aitken’s cover of “I’m Still In Love (With You Boy)“! Produced by Joe Gibbs, it gave the young Aitkens (who was a student at the Excelsior High School at the time) her first #1 hit in Jamaica, with high chartings in the US and UK. The single was featured on her 1981 debut, “Reggae Impact“, and was a cover of the late Alton Ellis 1967 Sir Coxsone Dodd produced hit (his version focused on “girl” as hers the opposite gender). “I’m Still In Love” has been sampled by Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Trinity, and Althea & Donna.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Errol Dunkley – Black Cinderella (1972)


Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from Reggae Musician, Errol Dunkley. Titled “Black Cinderella“, this was produced by Jimmy Rodway for Fe Me Time Records in 1972. Errol considered it a tribute to hard working black women, but it sounded more like a love song than the aforementioned idea. The creation for this came about when Jimmy introduced Errol to one of his poems of the same name. After some adjustments, Errol recorded the single and it immediately became a hit in a time of Black Empowerment.

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