Shortly after we released last week’s Bovine Ska, we found out that Neil Diamond, one of America’s finest songwriters, and an artist whom we love a great deal was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and due to this diagnosis, Diamond will cancel the remaining dates on his 50th anniversary tour and he will not perform live again. Neil’s songs have been covered by everyone from Elvis Presley to Bobby Womack to Johnny Cash here in the States, and in Jamaica there have been amazing versions of his music performed by magnificent singers such as John Holt, Marcia Griffiths, Nicky Thomas, Max Romeo and many more. We have assembled these covers as our tribute to Neil Diamond and we hope that you enjoy this version special show. Thank you Neil for all of your music! XOXO Generoso and Lily
We begin this week’s show with sad news and a tribute to Steve “Grizzly” Nesbitt, the original drummer of Steel Pulse passed away on Jan 18th at the age of 69. We played a few early cuts that truly exemplify Steve’s brilliance behind the kit. We send love and respect to Steve’s family and the members of Steel Pulse. For our label spotlight this week, we should say that if you have listened to the Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Radio Show these last twenty plus years know exactly how much we love The High Priest of Reggae, the late Roy Shirley. Our focus is on Shirley’s own PUBLIC LABEL, which as you imagine features many a splendid cut from Roy himself. Amazing productions all around from 1968-1972 that should knock you out. Please share our show on Mixcloud or wherever you see fit. We will be back next Tuesday as always XO Generoso and Lily
Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Listeners! On this week’s show we begin with two sets of tasty ska, including one of our favorites from Jackie Opel, “King Liges,” which Jackie recorded for Coxsone in 1963. A bouncy mento set followed and a long set of reggae specially selected by Lily which led up to our spotlight on Gussie Clarke’s GUSSIE PUPPY LABEL. An early imprint for Gussie that features top reggae from 1973-78 from The Heptones, Horace Andy, and The Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Emmanuel Brown. If you listen and liked it, please add this show to your playlist, favorite it, or share it wherever people love the sounds of a young Jamaica. XOXO Generoso and Lily
We started off this week’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady with two sets of ska, beginning with Stranger Cole and Patsy Todd’s 1965 joyous cut for Buster’s Voice of the People Label, “When I Realize.” The weekly mento set followed with another wonderful track from the Falconaires 1963 LP on RCA, and then a long set of smoking hot reggae from Lily that should get you in the mood for this week’s spotlight on Ranny Williams’ Spade label. We played eleven cuts from artists on Spade: Charlie Ace. The Harmonians, Count Sticky and Ranny’s own Hippy Boys! PLEASE SHARE our show where you can, and we will see you next Tuesday, as always! XO Generoso and Lily
We started off this week’s Bovine Ska with a tribute to the wonderful French singer, France Gall, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 70. As France’s real name was Isabelle Geneviève Marie Anne Gall, we put together a set of Jamaican rhythm and blues cuts, each song having one of her names in the title beginning with Teddy Brown’s pretty 1961 cut for Starline, “Genevieve.” After another set of rhythm and blues, our mento set, and a long set of rare rocksteadys, we did our spotlight on singer/producer Lloyd Clarke’s one label, KING’S. Fantastic soul and reggaes on that imprint from 1968-69 sung by Joe White, Roy Shirley, Willie Francis, and The Templets! PLEASE SHARE our show where you see can! To our friends back east, we hope you can stay warm and safe during this rough winter. XO Generoso and Lily
Happy New Year Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Listeners!
We wish you luck, peace, love, and smiles for 2018 for the first four sets (two ska, one mento, and a long rocksteady) of this week’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady, the first show of the year and our first show with our new mixer and microphones that we purchased with the funds that you donated to our Kickstarter last year! We think our show’s audio quality is greatly improved and we thank you for this! Please let us know how you like the sound. Being that it is the NEW YEAR, our spotlight this week is on Allan Campbell’s short-lived but excellent mid-1970s reggae label, NEW FLOWER. There are some wonderful version to version excursions on this spotlight which we hope that you will enjoy! PLEASE SHARE our show where you see fit! Have a safe and wonderful 2018! XO Generoso and Lily