Hi Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Listeners!
Bert Berns might not be a household name in the same way that you know the artists who recorded the many hit songs that he wrote and produced like The Drifters, Ben E King, and Solomon Burke, but Berns was a mammoth force as a songwriter and producer. Berns’ first hit was for The Jarmels in 1961, a fun cut entitled, “A Little Bit of Soap” and that song launched him into a massive career in music as he would produced and write great songs for both rock and soul acts alike. For this week’s Bovine Ska, you will hear sensational Jamaican covers of Berns’ classics, like Derrick Morgan’s take on “Twist and Shout,” or Hortense Ellis giving her all on “Piece of My Heart,” or Slim Smith doing “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love.” We hope that you enjoy to two-hour tribute to Bert Berns, who left us too soon at the age of 38 in 1967. XO Generoso and Lily