Toppa Top 15: Edward Seaga Selects 15 Jamaican Music Classics

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November 6, 2012


7. Michigan & Smiley, โ€œRub-a-Dub Styleโ€(1978)

In the late 1970s, reggae music was the hottest sensation. Everywhere there was either a new release in your local record shop, a major concert in a foreign country or a sound system dancehall event where deejays were displaying rhythmically lyrical prowess for one and all to hear. Such was the case for Papa Michigan & General Smiley, the first official deejay duo.

The two made their recording debut in 1978 at Studio One with Rub-A-Dub Style, a call-and-response tune laid over a drum and percussion over an update of Alton Ellisโ€™ I’m Just A Guy rhythm. It won the people over with its sense of style and class. Papa and the General made albums with โ€œSir Coxsoneโ€ Dodd (where they also had a hit with โ€œNice Up The Danceโ€), Jo Jo Hookim of Channel One, Henry “Junjo” Lawes (who produced their trademark tune, โ€œDiseasesโ€ in 1981), and RAS Records in the U.S all before taking a sabbatical. While they did not have a major hit sinceย โ€œDiseases,โ€ the name Michigan & Smiley is a still a name people enthusiastically remember.

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