Reggae rocking with Mick Jagger

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL
Observer senior writer

ROCK legend Mick Jagger has named his top 10 reggae songs, and while it contains several standards, the list has some rarities which shows his knowledge of Jamaican music.

The 10 songs were published in Far Out Magazine, a popular British website that focuses on classic rock, film, and lifestyle industries.

Jagger picked classics such as Get Up, Stand UpNo More Trouble and War by Bob Marley; 54-46 by Toots and The Maytals; War Ina Babylon, Max Romeo; Marcus Garvey, Burning Spear; and You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) by Dawn Penn.

But, his list also includes Pick Myself Up by Peter Tosh, who was once signed to The Rolling Stones’ label; Gregory Isaacs’ Cream of the Crop‘Brethren And Sistren (The Viceroys); Writing on The Wall from Ronnie Davis; and the dancehall anthem Ring the Alarm by Tenor Saw.

Jagger and “The Stones” have long embraced Jamaican culture. Their 1973 album, Goats Head Soup, was recorded at Dynamic Sounds studio in Kingston, while they covered the 1971 Festival Song winner Cherry Oh Baby by Eric Donaldson for their 1976 album Black And Blue.

In April 1978, Jagger attended the One Love peace concert at the National Stadium in Kingston. Shortly after, he was signed to Rolling Stones Records which released their hit cover of The Temptations’ Walk And Don’t Look Back.

Keith Richards, The Stones’ guitarist, played on and recorded Wingless Angels, an album featuring singer Justin Hinds of The Dominoes fame. He also played on the Black Uhuru hit song Shine Eye Gal.

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