Friday, April 15, 2016

Day 167 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Laurel Aitken - (Hey) Bartender

Short and sweet for Friday... "(Hey) Bartender" was originally written and recorded by American R&B singer and pianist Floyd Dixon in 1954 and re-recorded by Laurel Aitken in 1961.  In keeping with the ska tunes this week and also the day of the week, nothing could be more appropriate!  Aitken's take was first pressed on Blue Beat as "Bar Tender" and it contains all the soul and feel of the original but with a shufflin' ska beat on the refrain.  One of the greatest drinking songs of all time in my honest opinion!  Dig it folks and while you're at it, pour me another! 

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