Sunday, May 01, 2016

Day 183 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - The Gaylads - May Be For Long

The Gaylads, originally comprised of Harris "B.B." Seaton, Winston Delano Stewart and Maurice Roberts, got their start in the early 1960s and after a brief hiatus in 1964 when Seaton decided to pursue a solo career, they started recording for Studio One in 1966... later they went on to work with Sonia Pottinger, Leslie Kong and Rupie Edwards.  After Seaton and Stewart left the group in the early 70s, Maurice Roberts went on to recruit brothers Randall and Hopeton Thacker to keep the Gaylads alive.  One would assume that today's track, serving as a roundabout tribute to the first day of May, "May Be For Long," likely contains the vocals of the Brothers Thacker and Maurice Roberts because it was simultaneously released in 1984 both on the Roy Cousins produced album on the Culture Press label Cornell Campbell Meets The Gaylads With Sly & Robbie and as a 7" on the Wambesi imprint.  It's a good tune, dig it!

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