Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Dobson’s Double D Label 7-28-20

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

Last Tuesday, we received the sad news that celebrated singer/songwriter/producer, Dobby Dobson had passed away at the age of 78. To honor Dobby (born Highland Ralph Dobson in Kingston), we began this week’s program with two Jamaican rhythm and blues cuts from 1960 and 1961 respectively that feature his voice with Chuck Joseph’s as Chuck and Dobby, “Cool School” and “I Was Wrong.”  Furthermore, for our spotlight this week, we selected Dobby’s Double D Label  that has multiple stellar productions from Dobby of his voice, as well as The Meditations and Barrington Levy.  We also said goodbye this week to one of our favorite actors, John Saxon (born Carmine Orrico), who also passed last week, by playing iconic reggaes and rocksteadys inspired by his films: Enter The Dragon, Joe Kidd, and Cry Tough.  To the families of Dobby and John we send our deepest respects during this very tough time. Rest in peace Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Larry Marshall’s Amanda Label 7-21-20

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends, 

We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy.  This week, we began two sets of ska and small tributes to three Jamaican music legends whose birthdays occurred this past week: Desmond Dekker, Eric Monty Morris, and Roy Shirley.  We recently acquired a vinyl copy of the Horace Johnson and The Eagle Star’s album on Folkways that contains a sensational mento cover of Mighty Sparrow’s “Can’t Make Love Without Money” which we started that set with tonight. Lily selected an impressive array of reggaes to send the first hour, including Dillinger’s 1978 gem, “Tambrin Season.” For our label spotlight this week, we took a look at the late great Larry Marshall’s main imprint, Amanda, which has too many excellent songs from Marshall to fit in this show. Take care friends XO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: Clive Chin’s Tanya Label 7-14-20

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

For those of you who are living in the States, tomorrow is Tax Day and we feel your pain, so for this week’s show, we have many many songs about the dirty filthy money. Who has it? Who wants it? How evil is it, really? Songs like Derrick and Patsy’s 1962 cut for E&R, “Give Me Back My Dough,” Toots and The Maytals’ ska for Beverley’s in 1964, “Neither Silver or Gold,” and Trinity’s “Consumption Tax” will give you an idea of what we were up to this week. We stepped away midway through the show and presented you with a spotlight on Clive Chin’s Tanya Label which has great mid-70s reggaes from Tony Tuff, Cedric “Im” Brooks, and Jah Stitch. Stay safe and healthy friends XO Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: The Love Bird Label 7-7-20

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

As many of you may know by now, The Maestro, Ennio Morricone, passed away on Monday at the age of 91. We dedicate this week’s Bovine Ska to him and in his honor, as Ennio was born and died in Rome, many of our songs in the first hour are about The Eternal City. We also included songs that touch on the western film genre which he famously scored for Leone, Corbucci, and Tarantino, and played selections from the music Morricone wrote for the 1971 Leone film,  Giù la Testa, known in the States as Duck You Sucker, Lily’s favorite score of his. In our second hour we did a label spotlight of Leroy Rowe and E Clarke’s Love Bird imprint which features great reggaes from 1975-77 by Fay and Enid and Levi Williams. Rest in power, Ennio. Please stay safe everyone. Love, Generoso and Lily

Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady: The Quarter Mile Label 6-30-20

Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Friends,

A special thanks to all of you who wrote to us who appreciated our tribute to Hux Brown last week. Bless you. This week we began our show with two sets of ska beginning with Eric Monty Morris’ 1964 ska for Duke Reid, “The Harder They Come,” which besides a title, bears little resemblance to the Jimmy Cliff reggae classic of the same name. We thankfully just found an excellent vinyl copy of The Mapletoft Poulle Orchestra’s 1962 album, “Jamaica Mento” and so we started our mento set off with a super song from that release, “Outlandish Clothes.”  Lily selected an awesome reggae set to end the first hour which featured a stellar Dennis Bovell-produced cut sung by Errol Dunkley in 1977, “A LIttle Way Different.”  Our label spotlight this week is on the Quarter Mile imprint which includes some brilliant versions to versions in reggae from 1975-76 done by Sly Dunbar, Tommy McCook and Dirty Harry. Stay safe and healthy friends. XO Generoso and Lily