Thursday, February 11, 2016

Day 103 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Johnny Osbourne - Have A Little Mercy

Errol Osbourne AKA Johnny Osbourne got into music in the late 1960s as the lead singer for The Wildcats who recorded for Winston Riley but never released anything.  His first single "All I Have Is Love," for Coxsone Dodd lead to his first album Come Back Darling in 1969.  He remained active throughout the 70s, recording for Studio One, Prince Jammy and at the dawn of the dancehall era he got involved with Henry "Junjo" Lawes and Volcano... today's tune, "Have A Little Mercy" AKA "Words Of The Ghetto" was one such tune and it is a good one.  Originally appearing on the Jamaican Arrival label release Yo-Yo as "Have A Little Mercy" and on the UK Greensleeves album Never Stop Fighting as "Words Of The Ghetto," simultaneously in 1982, it's a powerfully conscious tune riding a smooth Roots Radics rhythm!

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