Reggae Celebration: The works of legendary Ken Boothe and Derrick Harriott


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Ken Boothe OD (born 22 March 1948) is a #Jamaican vocalist known for his distinctive vibrato and timbre. Boothe achieved an international reputation as one of #Jamaica's finest vocalists through a series of crossover hits that appealed to both #reggae fans and mainstream audiences. Ken Boothe was born in Denham Town, #Kingston. Boothe cites singer Owen Gray as a major influence, particularly after hearing Gray perform the Leiber and Stoller rhythm and blues version of the #1920s blues standard, "Kansas City Blues", written by E L Bowman and notably performed by Jim Jackson in 1927. Stranger Cole, who was an established artist and neighbor to Boothe, had already worked with Boothe on the Sir Percy sound system as well as recording two songs for independent producer Sir Mike though Boothe's major breakthrough came in 1963 after Cole arranged an audition at #Duke Reid's studio. The audition with Cole and Boothe performing the song "Unos Dos Tres" was a success and Boothe and Cole formed the duo 'Stranger & Ken' with the first track released by them being "Hush Baby" on the B-side of Cole's #Island Records single "Last Love".

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