The Claredonians

Although certainly better known for their output during the rocksteady and ska era’s, The Clarendonians did put out a few early reggae tracks. And this one was certainly on par with their best tunes during the two previous era’s. By the time this tune came out, in 1969, they had a bit of practice at the old performing thing seeing as they’d been a group since 1963, formed in (you guessed it) Clarendon, Jamaica. Originally a duo featuring Peter Austin and Fitzroy “Ernest” Wilson by 1969 the duo had been fleshed out into a trio at the suggestion of Coxsone Dodd. Freddie McGregor, a name you’ve likely heard if you follow reggae at all, was the third man having first performed with the group at the age of seven. Yes, seven. He had to stand on a milk crate to record.

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