Sunday, April 10, 2016
Day 162 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - The Wailers - Go Jimmy Go
We're gonna mix it up a bit this week and do some ska... hopefully you can forgive me for the abrupt segue from last week's mid-70s vibes. We're gonna start the week off with one of the best vocal ska tunes ever recorded at Studio One, in my opinion, The Wailers' "Go Jimmy Go!" Recorded in 1964 and released by Coxsone Dodd as a blank labeled 7" that year and eventually making its way on countless releases throughout the last fifty years, it has all the pep and energy that makes ska so much fun to begin with. Supposedly "Go Jimmy Go" was inspired by American singer Jimmy Clanton's 1959 record of the same name, but to me it's blatantly obvious that the Skatalites and the Wailers mercilessly kicked-the-ass of poor Jimmy's original so hard it's not even funny. Throw on your dancing shoes for this number!