Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Day 220 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad

The Slickers were started in the mid-60s by Derrick Crooks, who was also the creator of The Pioneers, his brother Sidney and Abraham Green.  They recorded today's tune "Johnny Too Bad" at Dynamic Studio in 1971 and a year later received worldwide recognition when it ended up on the soundtrack to the classic film The Harder They Come.  The Slickers rode the fame from "Johnny Too Bad" for the next few years, touring both the UK and the United States and cutting an album before breaking up in 1979.  Years later, today's track, the 219th in the 365 Day Challenge I might add, has been covered multiple times by a multitude of artists from a handful of diverse musical genres ranging from rock to bluegrass and it's really no wonder because it's a great song!

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