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The CABLES Jamaica’s Legendary Foundation Reggae Group Live Tonight

8 April 2017 Blogroll


The Cables are a Jamaican rocksteady/reggae vocal trio led by Keble Drummond, who recorded for Studio One in the late 1960s. The Cables  led by Keble Drummond, backed by harmony singers Elbert Stewart (baritone) and Vince Stoddart (tenor).Cables were first formed in 1962.After recording a single for Sonia Pottinger around 1966, they recorded a string of singles for Studio One, and these were later collected on the album What Kind of World in 1970. “What Kind of World” has been described as “a classic…a low-key showcase for some of the most under-rated vocals of the age”.Studio One boss Clement “Coxsone” Dodd built up demand for the “Baby Why” single by limiting it to sound system plays for four months before releasing it.The rhythm tracks were later employed by Dodd on several tracks by other artists. Unsatisifed with the lack of money received from Dodd, The Cables recorded for Harry J while they were still under contract to Studio One, with Drummond altering his voice and the single released under the name “Herbie Carter” (a real singer who recorded for Harry J) to avoid Dodd finding out. By 1970, The Cables had left Studio One. “(Everybody) Feel Alright” was entererd into the Festival Song Contest in 1971, losing out to Eric Donaldson’s “Cherry Oh Baby”.

“Baby Why” formed the basis of deejay tracks from both Dennis Alcapone and Prince Jazzbo, and the rhythm was used by The Gladiators for their 1974 track “Rearrange”


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