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The Jamaicans

The Jamaicans (Tommy Cowan, Norris Weir, Martin Williams) burst on the scene in 1967 by winning the second Jamaican Festival song contest with a bit of nonsensical rocksteady called "Ba Ba Boom," a piece that had been written by Cowan and Weir. The pair continued to write, and the group had a middling successful career between 1967 and 1972 recording their frequently novelty-tinged songs (they sang "ba ba" in myriad different ways, sometimes even inventively) for producer Duke Reid and his legendary Treasure Isle label, scoring hits with "Ba Ba Boom" and the poignant "Things You Say You Love." One of their best tracks was a solid cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Dedicate My Song to You," while their original "Black Girl" was a hit for Boney M when re-recorded in 1978. The Jamaicans fall right at the cusp between ska and rocksteady, and slowed-down horn charts figure heavily in most of their tracks. When the group disbanded, Cowan went on to a successful career as a producer, as well as becoming a popular Sunsplash MC. ~ Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: DJ Spooky Presents: In Fine Style - 50,000 Volts Of Trojan Records

Disc 1

1. Sweet Like Candy

2. Nice Nice

3. 007 Shanty Town

4. Funky, Funky Reggae

5. Shades Of Hudson

6. Summertime

7. Disco Devil

8. Jah Jah Man

9. Lama Lava

10. Come Together

11. Old Fashion Way

12. Rain

13. Your Ace From Outer Space

15. The Trial Of Pama Dice

16. Ba Ba Boom

17. Fever

18. Morning Sun

Disc 2

1. DJ's Choice

2. Screaming Target

3. The Great Musical Battle

4. The Russians Are Coming (Take 5)

5. Popcorn

6. Brother Noah

10. Dynamic Fashion Way

11. A Yah We Deh

12. Here Comes The Judge

13. Flat Foot Hustling

14. Hot Sauce (AKA The Agro Man Is Back)

15. Rudy A Message To You

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Track List: By Special Request: 18 Top Rock-Steady & Reggae Classics

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Track List: This Is Crucial Reggae

1. Ba Ba Boom

2. Cry Tough

3. Travelling Man

4. What Will Your Mama Say

5. My Conversation

6. Don't Stay Away

8. Intensified '68 (Music Like Dirt)

9. I Will Get Along Without You

10. Do I Worry

11. It's Hard To Confess

12. Say You

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Track List: This Is Reggae Music - The Golden Era 1960 - 1975

Disc 1

1. Iron Bar

2. Fat Man

3. Rough And Tough

5. My Boy Lollipop

6. Penny Reel-O

7. Phoenix City

10. Rudy Got Soul

11. Down By The Train Line

12. Cry Tough

13. 007 (Shanty Town)

15. The Loser

16. Train To Skaville

17. Ba Ba Boom

18. Stop That Train

21. True, True, True

22. Israelites

23. 54-46 That's My Number

24. Everything Crash

Disc 2

1. Do The Reggay

3. Engine 54

5. Cuss Cuss

7. Tighten Up

8. Return Of Django

9. Shocks Of Mighty

10. Monkey Man

12. Ride Your Donkey

13. Red, Red Wine

14. Wonderful World, Beautiful People

15. Pressure Drop

16. Don't Let Me Suffer

17. Rivers Of Babylon

18. Liquidator

19. Johnny Too Bad

21. Double Barrel

22. Many Rivers To Cross

Disc 3

1. You Can Get It If You Really Want

2. Montego Bay

3. Come Into My Life

4. Pop A Top

5. Blood And Fire

6. 400 Years

7. Duppy Conqueror

8. Vietnam

9. Singer Man

11. Give Me Power

12. Small Axe

13. Pomps And Pride

14. Bongo Man

15. Let Your Yeah Be Yeah

16. Guava Jelly

17. Black And White

18. I Feel Good All Over

19. Hypocrite

20. Stick By Me (And I'll Stick By You)

21. Cherry Oh Baby

22. African Herbsman

Disc 4

1. Better Must Come

3. A Place Called Africa

4. Trenchtown Rock

5. One Love, One Heart

6. I Can See Clearly Now

7. This Is Reggae Music

8. Brand New Second Hand

9. Lively Up Yourself

10. Stir It Up

11. Money In My Pocket

12. Funky Kingston

13. The Time Has Come

14. Everything I Own

15. Westbound Train

16. Cool Iron

17. Justice To The People

18. S90 Skank

19. Black Man Time

20. Bad Da

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Track List: Treasure Isle Mood

Disc 1

1. We Are In The Mood

2. Come On Little Girl

3. Things You Say You Love

5. You Don't Need Me

6. Rock Steady

8. Can't Stand It

9. Queen Majesty

10. Heartaches

11. Midnight Hour

12. Midnight Hour

14. Loving Pauper

15. I'll Get Along Without You

16. I'll Never Fall In Love

17. Traveling Man

18. Don't Stay Away

19. Lala Means I Love You

20. Hey Leroy

Disc 2

1. No Good Rudie (Take 3)

2. Everybody Bawling

3. Ba Ba Boom

6. Perfidia

7. Those Guys

9. Girl I've Got A Date (Alternate Version)

10. How I Wish It Would Rain

11. It's Raining

12. Love Is A Treasure

13. You Done Me Wrong

15. Everyday Is Holiday

16. Holiday Version

17. (False Start) Come Back My Darling

20. My Girl

21. Moonlight Lover

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Track List: Trojan Reggae: Ska, Rocksteady And Reggae Classics, 1967-1974

1. Liquidator

2. Johnny Too Bad

3. Stick By Me (And I'll Stick By You)

4. Westbound Train

5. Ba Ba Boom

6. Double Barrel

7. Soul Shakedown Party

8. I Second That Emotion

9. You Can Get It If You Really Want

10. A Place Called Africa

11. Pressure Drop

12. Rivers Of Babylon

13. Ain't No Sunshine

14. Red, Red Wine

15. Long Shot Kick De Bucket

16. I Am The Upsetter

17. Return Of Django

18. Hot & Cold

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btburns64
A Pinnacle song in yard style reggae if there ever was one! Buyaka!!!
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Word babababa boom time!
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BA BA BOOM IS DA BOMB
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sydney.lewis 9 9
Tommy MCCook pioneer Jamaican music (a creative writer of melodies to top singers)that other musicians have been riding and re-riding and he has not been given full credit/recog n i t i o n for his creative talent. Can you post his biography?
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why no artist info?
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"ba ba boom" is awesome

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