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Live Chat :“Mr Rocksteady” The Legendary Ken Boothe

2 May 2017 Blogroll

Ken Boothe’s musical career began in the early sixties. When Ken Boothe was only eight years old he won his first singing contest and has never looked back. He has never lost his focus, even if it may have appeared blurred at times to the outside world. His aim has always been to sing and perform to the best of his ability. Boothe began his recording career with Winston ‘Stranger’ Cole in the duo Stranger And Ken, releasing titles including ‘World’s Fair’, ‘Hush’, ‘Artibella’ and ‘All Your Friends’ during 1963-65. Thereafter he released a series of hits on Clement Dodd’s Studio One Label. When the rocksteady rhythm began to evolve during 1966 Boothe recorded ‘Feel Good’. In 1968 at the age of 17, Ken Boothe released his first album “Mr. Rock Steady”, which included numerous hits such as “The Girl I Left Behind”, “When I Fall In Love”, “I Don’t Want to See You Cry”, “Home, Home, Home”, and the title many regard as one of Boothe’s best exponents of song, “Puppet On A String”. Journalist Alphea Saunders, in writing about Boothe and this song said, “He is one of the best of the very best”. During this period he was often referred to as the Wilson Pickett of Jamaican music. He continued recording with Dodd until 1970, releasing some of his best and biggest local hits. He also made records for other producers at the same time, including Sonia Pottinger’s Gayfeet label, for which he recorded the local hit ‘Say You” and “Lady With the Starlight”. in 1968. In 1971, he inspired the world with his hit song “Freedom Street” on Leslie Kong’s Beverley’s label.

This classic was co-written with BB Seaton, whom Ken had worked with from their Studio One days. www.crsradio.com www.caribbeanradioshow.com 661- 467 -2407


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