SUBLIME ROCK STEADY


Rock Steady, classed by many as a golden period in Jamaican music, was born, fully formed, sometime in 1966 and was all over by 1968. It appeared suddenly and unexpectedly during the Ska period, and then, like the life of an exotic insect or a beautiful dream, it was gone. Film and pop stars who die young, while seemingly still in their prime; have, because of this brief but glorious existence, this special resonance. Yet the songs and rhythms of Rock Steady have endured; they formed the very bed rock of the world conquering Reggae revolution that followed.

On this page, as with others concerning Jamaican music, I am, and always will be, indebted to the pioneering and valuable work undertaken by Lloyd Bradley, John Good, Laurence Cane-Honeysett, Penny Reel, Steve Barrow, Rob Chapman and Roger Dalke, to name a few.

PHYLLIS  DILLON 1944 - 2004

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MAY NEVER SEE MY BABY

MARTIN RILEY

LOOK WHAT LOVE HAVE DONE TO ME

THE PARAGONS

LITTLE THINGS
EMSLEY MORRIS
STREAM OF LIFE
ROLAND ALPHONSO
RUDE BOYS RULE
PRINCE BUSTER
SWEETS FOR MY SWEET
BOBBY AITKEN CARIB BEATS
MUST I BE LONELY
THE MAGPIES
A LONG STORY
RUDY MILLS
THE CHASE
YVONNE HARRISON
GOOD NANNIE
THE PIONEERS
RUN FOR COVER
LEE KING PERRY AND THE SENSATIONS
THAT NEW GIRL
GLEN ADAMS
MORE LOVE
UNIQUES
GIRLS
THE HI-TONES
HOW COULD I
KEN PARKER
PEACE OF MIND
WINSTON SAMUELS
TELL ME
THE SUMMERTAIRE GIRLS
NO MORE TROUBLE
LLOYD GLEN
THE WHIP
THE ETHIOPIANS
MUSIC FLAMES
 ERROL BROWN AND LYNN TAITT & THE JETS
TALKING LOVE
THE PARAGONS
LAST LAUGH
MONTY MORRIS
SOUNDS AND PRESSURE
HOPETON LEWIS
THE RAIN
JEANETTE SIMPSON
HARDER ON THE ROCK
THE HAMBOYS
LONG DAY'S SHORT NIGHT
DAWN PENN
LONELY GIRL
GLEN ADAMS
HOPE SOMEDAY
THE LEADERS
THIS HEART OF MINE
DELROY WILSON
SEVEN LETTERS
RIGHTEOUS FLAMES
PLEASE STAY
LASCELLES & YVONNE
SOULFUL MUSIC
THE EMOTIONS
THE BIG TAKEOVER
THE OVERTAKERS
I'M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
THE TECHNIQUES
WAILING
TOMMY McCOOK AND THE SUPERSONICS
FINE FINE FINE
FREDDY McKAY
LOVE KISS BLUE
MATADOR ALL STARS
HOLD THEM
ROY SHIRLEY
JOHNNY DARLING
CYNTHIA RICHARDS
I WANT YOU SO BAD
EWAN & DEVNER
YOU ARE MY ONLY LOVE
THE MELODIANS
COOL COOL COLLIE
HOPETON LEWIS
THE STAGE
RONNIE DAVIS
GHOST DANCE
PRINCE BUSTER
MY HEART MY SOUL
LLOYD & THE GROOVERS
TEARS IN YOUR EYES
ERIC MORRIS
LETS GO TO THE DANCE
PRINCE BUSTER
BEND DOWN LOW
THE WAILERS
SUFFER ME NOT
THE SPANISHTONIANS
DREADER THAN DREAD
HONEYBOY MARTIN AND THE VOICES
COMBINATION
LYNN BECKFORD
DARLING I LOVE YOU
THE MOVING BROTHERS
THE ROCK STEADY TRAIN
EWAN & JERRY
WHERE IN THIS WORLD
CARLTON ALPHONSO
ON THE TOWN
BUNNY & RUDDY
WHEN A GIRL LOVES A BOY
THE RIGHTEOUS FLAMES
THE TRAIN IS COMING
KEN BOOTH
RETURN HOME
ALVA LEWIS
KING SIZED
GLEN ADAMS
HOT SHOT
DERMOTT LYNCH
DARLING DON'T DO THAT
CLANCY ECCLES
LET THE WATER
KEN BOOTH
WAITING FOR MY RUDE GIRL
FITZROY CAMPBELL
KISS BAM BAM
BOBBY AITKEN
GIRL YOU COLD
GLENMORE BROWN & HOPETON LEWIS
AIN'T THAT BAD
THE HEPTONES
SHE'S SO FINE
GLEN ADAMS
GIVE ME SOME MORE
SLIM SMITH AND THE UNIQUES
ALL MY LOVING
PRINCE BUSTER
WHENEVER THERE IS MOONLIGHT
(TINSE?) & THE CARIBBEATS
YOU DON'T CARE
THE TECHNIQUES
THIS IS MY SONG
KEITH & TEX
BORN TO LOVE YOU
THE SENSATIONS
LET ME COME ON HOME
HOPETON LEWIS
RUDIE ALL AROUND
JOE WHITE
EAST OF SUEZ
DANDY & HIS GROUP
I AM GOING HOME
THE RIGHTEOUS FLAMES
TIME IS GETTING HARD
LLOYD CHARMERS
BABY
THE HEPTONES
JOHNNIE COOL
PRINCE BUSTER & LEE PERRY
CLEOPATRA
NORMAN DAVIS
SWING AND DINE
THE MELODIANS
I'VE GOT A DATE
ALTON ELLIS
ROCKING TIME
ROY AND ENID
SOUL FOR SALE
WINSTON WRIGHT & TOMMY McCOOK
LIVE LIKE A KING
GLENMORE BROWN & HOPETON LEWIS
HOME, HOME, HOME
KEN BOOTH
DO IT RIGHT
THREE TOPS
WEAR YOU TO THE BALL
THE PARAGONS
SHAKIN' UP ORANGE STREET
PRINCE BUSTER
INEZ
LESTER STERLING
TAKE IT EASY
HOPETON LEWIS
HE WHO LAUGHS LAST
THE CLARENDONIANS
SAVE A BREAD
JUSTIN HINDS AND THE DOMINOS
FEEL GOOD
KEN BOOTH
ROCK STEADY
ALTON ELLIS AND THE FLAMES
THINGS YOU SAY
THE JAMAICANS
TAKE TEN
SOUL BROTHERS
WHO WILL SHE BE
BARRY YORK
COME BY HERE
NORMA FRAZER
SOUL SERENADE
TOMMY McCOOK
SMILE LIKE AN ANGEL
BOP & THE BELTONES
MARY POPPINS
DANNY SIMPSON
LONELY STREET
THE CONQUERORS
YOU AND ME
CARLTON AND HIS SHOES
GIRL OF MY DREAMS
THE UNIQUES
WINEY WINEY
THE KINGSTONIANS
YOU CAN'T BE HAPPY
THE CLARENDONIANS
I HAVE CHANGED
CARLTON ALPHONSO
FAT GIRL
THE HEPTONES
VERSION (YOU DON'T CARE)
TOMMY McCOOK
WELL COVERED
THE RULERS
SHOW ME THE WAY
THE TERMITES
WRONG EMBOYO
THE RULERS
YOU TOOK MY LOVE
PATSY
YOU DON'T KNOW
RIGHTEOUS FLAMES
TABLES GONNA TURN
THE CLARENDONIANS
RIDING ON A WINDY DAY
THE PARAGONS
PLEASE STOP YOUR LYING
ERROL DUNKLEY
THE LOSER
DERRICK HARRIOTT
I'VE GOT TO GO BACK HOME
BOB ANDY
NEAR TO YOU
YVONNE HARRISON
MOONLIGHT LOVER
JOYA LANDIS
PEACE AND LOVE
ROLAND ALPHONSO
DRUM SONG
JACKIE MITTOO
GOT A NEW GIRL
LARRY MARSHALL AND D. LANG
BABA BOOM
THE JAMAICANS
DANCE ALL NIGHT
THE TARTANS
PUSH IT UP
THE TERMITES
WHY DID YOU LEAVE
THE HEPTONES
WHAT KIND OF WORLD
THE CABLES
SO CLOSE TO YOU
PARAGONS
RULES OF LIFE
THE CLARENDONIANS
SOLDIERS TAKE OVER
THE RIO GRANDE'S
SHAKE IT
ALTON ELLIS AND THE FLAMES
GUN MAN
DUDLEY SIBLEY
MUSICAL PRESSURE
THE FUGITIVES
REACH OUT
PHIL PRATT
LOVE ME TODAY
STRANGER & GLADYS
ONLY A SMILE
LYNN TAIT - JETS
CANTELOPE ROCK
JOE JOE BENNETT AND THE FUGITIVES
RUDIE GETS PLENTY
SPANISHTONIANS
PERFIDIA
PHYLLIS DILLON
PEOPLE ROCK STEADY
SLIM SMITH & THE UNIQUES
SONG FOR MY FATHER
ROLAND ALPHONSO
PRESSURE AND SLIDE
LYNN TAITT AND THE JETS
NOTHING FOR NOTHING
ROLAND ALPHONSO
DO RIGHT TONIGHT
ERROL DUNKLEY
BABY I LOVE YOU
CARL DAWKINS
I'VE GOT TO GET YOU OFF MY MIND
THE TENNORS
 
I AM LONELY
THE HEPTONES
 YOUNG WINGS CAN FLY 
JOHNNY & THE ATTRACTIONS
YOU'RE GONNA NEED ME
ERROL DUNKLEY
I'M GOING HOME 
ERROL DUNKLEY
FOOK SANG
TONY AND DENNIS
DON'T STAY AWAY
PHYLLIS DILLION
IT'S RAINING
THE THREE TOPS
SIGN UP
THE TERMITES
DANCING MOOD
DELROY WILSON
AFRICA
THE GAYLADS
I AM NOT A KING
DELROY WILSON
EASY SQUEEZE
HORTENSE & ALTON ELLIS
SEEING IS KNOWING
STRANGER AND GLADDY
SUSPICION
LARRY MARSHALL
 I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU
JUNIOR SMITH
 I'M SO PROUD
THE GRADUATES
 GIVE ME THE RIGHT
STRANGER AND PATSY
 I CAN DO NO MORE 
MAX ROMEO AND THE EMOTIONS
 A TRIBUTE
CYNTHIA RICHARDS
PERFIDIA INSTRUMENTAL
UNKNOWN
 SOLOMON 
DERRICK HARRIOTT
 REVELATION
ALVA LEWIS
 DON'T THROW IT AWAY
THE ITALS AND CARIB-BEATS
SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD
BUSTERS ALL STARS
HOW CAN I
ALTON & THE FLAMES
LONELY HEARTACHES
THE TARTANS

 


 


 


 

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TOP ON BOTH SIDES
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SOMEBODY HELP ME
HORTENSE ELLIS
ROCK & SHAKE
PRINCE BUSTER
YOU DON'T NEED ME
THE MELODIANS
I WILL GET ALONG
THE MELODIANS
ONCE A MAN
JUSTIN HINDS AND THE DOMINOES
PERSIAN CAT
TOMMY McCOOK AND THE SUPERSONICS
THE 7-11 A GO GO CLUB
THE RUDIES
7-11 PART 2
THE RUDIES
LOVING PAUPER
DOBBY DOBSON
HEARTACHES
VIC TAYLOR
I KNOW JUST HOW SHE FEELS
THE MELODIANS
I CAUGHT YOU
THE MELODIANS
DENHAM TOWN
WINSTON AND GEORGE
KEEP THE PRESSURE ON
WINSTON AND GEORGE
COMING ON THE SCENE
JOHNNY & THE ATTRACTIONS
ANYTHING YOU WANT
DUDLEY WILLAMSON AND THE CONQUERORS
CARRY GO BRING COME
JUSTIN HINDS & THE DOMINOES
FIGHT TOO MUCH
JUSTIN HINDS & THE DOMINOES
YOUR LOVE
PETER AUSTIN
TIME IS GETTING HARDER
PETER AUSTIN
ONLY A SMILE
THE PARAGONS
THE TIDE IS HIGH
THE PARAGONS
STEP SOFTLY
BOBBY ELLIS
& THE DESMOND MILES SEVEN
WALK THE STREETS
DERRICK HARRIOTT
QUEEN MAJESTY
THE TECHNIQUES
FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHT
THE TECHNIQUES
 

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USA

THE GUYS WITH SOUL * PART 2 * PART 3 *** GIRLS WITH SOUL * PART 2 **** GROUPS WITH SOUL * PAGE 2 ** MEN WITH RHYTHM & BLUES *** WOMEN WITH RHYTHM & BLUES *** GROUPS R&B / DOO WOP *** BLUES AND BALLADS *** 70s SOUL AND FUNK * PAGE 2 *** INSTRUMENTALS *** ROCK AND ROLL *** 


JA

SKA VOCALS *** SKA INSTRUMENTALS *** ROCK STEADY *** EARLY REGGAE / SKINHEAD *** PAGE TWO *** MILITANT *** ROOTS / DUB / VERSIONS * CHAPTER TWO *** RASTAFARI / DIDACTIC / ROOTS SPIRITUALS * PART 2 *** PRE-SKA *** STUDIO ONE *** DJ's / TOASTING *** LOVE SONGS / LOVERS *** PAGE 2 ***


OTHERS

*** FEATURE PAGE *** FEATURE PAGE 2 * PAGE 3 *** PAGE 4 *** PAGE 5 *** PAGE 6 ***

*** PAGE 7 *** PAGE 8 *** PHYLLIS DILLON *** TIMI YURO *** COXSONE DODD *** 

*** RAY CHARLES ****** JOHN PEEL *** JUSTIN HINDS *** WILSON PICKETT *** 

*** DESMOND DEKKER *** HURRICANE KATRINA *** SOLOMON BURKE *** BO DIDDLEY ***

*** TRAINS *** RUDE BOYS *** SLACK ***