Toppa Top 15: Edward Seaga Selects 15 Jamaican Music Classics

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November 6, 2012


1. Prince Buster, โ€œWash Washโ€ (1963)

That Lucky Old Sun is a spiritual of sorts that dates all the way back to 1949 from its first recording by Frankie Laine, and became a standard in its own right after being covered throughout the years. It’s been known by many names, such as โ€œWalk Around Heaven All Day and Wash All My Troubles Away,โ€ and, in the case of Prince Buster, it was released as โ€œWash All Your Troubles Awayโ€ and most commonly known as โ€œWash Washโ€ for his swinging ska rendition recorded in 1963. Recorded in England, โ€œWash Washโ€ โ€“ which featured Millie Small as a prominent backing vocalis,t not too long before she recorded โ€œMy Boy Lollipopโ€ โ€“ was so powerful with its crisp, organ-laced boogie shuffle arrangement, that it became one of the first of the few Jamaican ska recordings to be released in North America by a major U.S. label.

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