Thursday, January 28, 2016

Day 89 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Stranger Cole - Rough & Tough

Pure ska for the 89th Day of the Jamaican Music Challenge... this one is called "Rough and Tough" by Stranger Cole and it was recorded and released in 1963 on Duke Reid's Dutchess label.  Wilburn Theodore Cole, born 1945, was given the nickname Stranger by his family, because they said he didn't resemble any of his kin, was active recording and performing in and around Jamaica until the 1971 when he emigrated to England and eventually permanently relocated to Toronto a couple years later.  While in Toronto Stranger Cole worked for the Tonka toy company, is credited with opening the first Caribbean record shop in Canada and is still active today.

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