Another week, another hero lost. During the second hour of this edition of the Rockhouse we honor the memory of General Norman Johnson, who passed away a week ago. Johnson was the voice behind the Showmen’s anthem It Will Stand and also the early 70’s mega-hit by the Chairmen Of The Board, Give Me Just A Little More Time. In addition he was a masterful songwriter. We listen to music from all these phases of his career.
10/21 in a nutshell…
Annette Funicello’s 1964 cover of Byron Lee’s Jamaica Ska kicks off a hat trick of openers… Jamaica Ska, Rock Steady and Funkey Reggae (the latter featuring Tommy McCook’s Supersonics and Dave Double Barrel Barker, then-future member of The Selecter), followed by one of the most convincingly groovy ’60s Skas ever to be crafted outside JA or the UK_ Mi Nena Ska by Conjunto Habana… from Mexico! Next comes more of the genuine Jamaican article, plus newer international stompers from Blue Beat Players (Japan), Proyecto Secreto (Belgium/Chile) and The Fenicians (Spain). Sherwood sets sail in Hour 2 with a dreamy Terry Hall/Lynval Golding take of 96 Tears that dates to the bustup of The Specials, and for whatever reason never saw official release! Go figure. Later, we finally get around to new stuff by Either/Orchestra and Phil Hawkins… what took us so long??? You’ll be hearing more from these in coming weeks. The first of a 2-part Sisterhood of Japanese Ska gives us the 4:00 4(+3)-in-a-row, and this week’s Lollipop goes to Los Catinos, who deliver the second Bombon in as many weeks. Selecter rarity The Whisper kicks off the rest of the party… Hearty!
Starting out with a real variety of sounds, a mini-set of tunes, some polskas on harmonica or fiddles, then Nordkvinnersmusikk….northern women making music. We end with a twenty minute jazz/modern set.