Here we are on another Friday and this week's final installment of the Spooktacular... racing forward from early reggae sounds to the digital era and the distinctive voice of the man known as Nitty Gritty. Nitty Gritty (born Glen Augustus Holness, August, 1957, Kingston, JA died June 24, 1991, Brooklyn, NY) began his musical career in 1973 with Joe Gibbs singing a song called "Let The Power Fall On I" with Dennis Brown, George Nooks and the Mighty Diamonds. But Nitty Gritty didn't release another record until nearly a decade later and eventually achieved notable success in 1985 when he teamed up with super producer King Jammy. The tune "Hog In A Minty" was his first big hit and hit first album Turbo Charged came soon after. Sadly his life was cut short when he was shot and killed outside the Super Power record shop in New York in 1991.
Today's tune is called "Duppy Come Again" and comes from a 2002 double CD various artists compilation called Ready When You Ready on the Smugg Label. "Duppy Come Again" isn't as much a ghost story as the name would have you believe but in the song Nitty Gritty professes his faith in the Almighty that protects him from the spirits of evil. I hope you like what I've done with it and hey, if you're planning on visiting a real haunted house or a spooky cemetery this Halloween season you might want to take some notes on which biblical psalms and passages he references... that way you can be prepared to protect yourself when the ghostly spirits start running amuck.
See you Monday! We've got seven more tunes to go!
Oh, I wanted to mention... Monday I'll be uploading the complete 2006 Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular for your listening pleasure! If you missed it last year you'll now have a chance to hear it in its entirety with no commercial or daily interruptions!