Monday, October 24, 2016

Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular 2016 - Track Sixteen - Afraid

The late singer Leroy Ridgway AKA Living Truth got his start singing in the church choir at an early age.  When he turned 16, Ridgway entered a talent contest in May Pen Jamaica and placed third with a song called "Red Sun" that he wrote himself.  Afterward, he auditioned for Bunny Lee and recorded the track "Dreadlocks Man" which achieved local chart success and earned him additional studio time but soon after Living Truth emigrated to the United States where he continued his career in New York.  Between 1977 and 1980, Living Truth entered and won a few talent contests with songs like "Write It Down," "Come One Come All" and "Ring The Freedom Bell."  Sadly, Ridgway passed away just last year at the age of 70 after a brief illness.  He may not have had the name recognition and commercial success of bigger named reggae artists but Living Truth recorded some great songs.  

Case in point... today's sixteenth track in the 2016 Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular, called "Afraid."  Released in 1979 as a 7" on the Lyric & Sound label, this is a sweet tune!  With some nice horn riffs and some sweet backing vocals, Living Truth heeds a warning to all evildoer who are afraid of what will happen when the time comes that they meet their maker.  He also urges anyone listening to do good and help your fellow man which is something the world always needs and appreciates.

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