Friday, October 26, 2012

Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular 2012 - Track Eighteen - Ballad Of Annie Palmer

Track Eighteen in the Spooktacular and this one comes from George McLean doing his best impersonation of Johnny Cash.  You may ask yourself, why would a reggae artist be impersonating the legendary Man In Black?  The answer is simple... "The Ballad of Annie Palmer," the story of Rose Hall's Legendary White Witch, was written and recorded by Johnny Cash and released on his 1973 album Any Old Wind That Blows.  Now this begs the question, what the hell was Johnny Cash doing writing about a witch in Jamaica?  Regardless, this reggae-fied version of "Ballad of Annie Palmer" was released on the Mighty Cloud label and its influence spawned a whole heap of Johnny Cash impersonators throughout the island... of course I may be lying about that part of the story but the visual imagery of reggae singers dressing in Western-styled shirts, wearing bolo ties and singing about Rings of Fire and the Folsom Prison Blues is rather entertaining.  Have a great weekend folks!

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