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The Marvels

The Marvels were noted for their doo-wop approach to reggae. The performers heralded from Jamaica and each member had previously been involved in session work. Frustrated by anonymity they amalgamated their talents and emerged as a vocal group in 1964. The line-up comprised Alex ‘Dimples’ Hinds, Nell Hinds and Eddie Smith. As a trio they continued with session work notably as back up singers on Prince Buster’s hit ‘Wash Wash’. The song was performed by the Prince on the first documentary of Jamaican music This Is Ska. The song was also revived in 1994 by Lovindeer, albeit with risqué lyrics. The Marvels recorded throughout the 60s enjoying minor hits with ‘Tell All Those Girls’, ‘Saturday’ and ‘Fleet Street’. During this time other singers performed with the group including Jackie Edwards and Hazel McCauley who joined them when they toured the cabaret circuit. They toured Europe and the Far East and covered songs including the Platters’ ‘The Great Pretender’ and the spiritual ‘Old Man River’. By the early 70s the group released a cover of Aretha Franklin’s, ‘Rock Steady’ on the Pama Records Supreme label and enjoyed their biggest hit. The success of the single led to work with Dandy Livingstone who enrolled their services on his own recordings and produced a number of releases through his Shady Tree productions. The group provided backing vocals for Dandy when he performed, ‘Suzanne Beware Of The Devil’ on UK’s music programme Top Of The Pops. The Pama compilation This Is Reggae Volume Three featured a photograph of their appearance on the cover. Continuing with cover versions they scored hits in 1972 with ‘Then He Kissed Me’ and in 1973 the gospel-flavoured ‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’. By 1974 the disco-inspired ‘Get On Your Feet’ flopped and in 1975 Dimples Hinds recorded as a soloist enjoying a club hit with his version of ‘Why Don’t You Do Right’. As a trio they were unable to emulate the success of ‘Rock Steady’ but this did not deter the Decca Records’ subsidiary Gull when they attempted to revive their career in 1976 with, ‘Lovers Concerto’ a moderate hit. The group featured on a showcase of sentimental reggae in the late 70s touring Europe alongside carnival king, Roy Alton, Tim Chandell, Dandy Livingstone and the Immigrants. Dimples went on to enjoy a successful solo career performing sentimental reggae hits. In 1983 the trio returned to the re-activated Pama label where they enjoyed reggae hit with ‘Heaven Must Have Sent You’. Dimples Hinds has continued to pursue his solo career enjoying a number of hits in the sentimental reggae genre widely referred to as big peoples music.
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Track List: Trojan Reggae Rarities Box Set - 2004

Disc 1

1. Suffer Me Not

3. Goodnight My Love

4. Coming On Strong

5. Govern Your Mouth

7. Ain't That Peculiar

9. I Have Changed

11. Why Did You Leave

12. Worries (A Yard)

13. Good To Me

14. Musical Fight (a.k.a. Target)

15. Su, Su, Su

16. Adam And Eve

17. Mr. DJ

Disc 2

1. Last Lick

3. It's Your Thing

4. Darkness

5. Going In Circles

6. Feel A Little Better

8. Music Talk

11. More Heartaches

12. Life Is Rough

13. Super Bad

14. Sitting In The Park

17. Dr. Fud

Disc 3

1. Keep On Trying

3. B.B.C.

4. Rose Garden

5. Shacatac

6. A Little Today, A Little Tomorrow

7. Check Out Yourself

8. You Can't Buy My Love

10. Back On The Scene

11. Touch Me Baby

12. How Could You Do THis

13. Ramblin' Man

14. I'll Be Free Someday

16. Reggae Man

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