Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The 2015/1967 Countdown - 09/27/2016 Update

Today, we go back once again to our 1967's Super Spectacular Singles Superstars mix, and take a listen to an all-time Rock Steady classic.

Though not widely known in the states at the time, The Paragons were one of the biggest Rock Steady/Ska/Reggae acts in Jamaica during their 1964-1970 heyday, proud owners of many number one hits on the Jamaican charts.

Money issues (or more specifically, a lack of royalties received on the heels of all those hits) would tear the group apart, but their songs would live on as go-to source material for numerous bands in the 70s and 80s like UB40, Massive Attack, and most notably Blondie, whose cover of the song we are presenting here, the Paragon's biggest 1967 hit The Tide Is High, became a US chart-topper in 1980.

So here's the original.

And as a bonus here's the goofy video of that famous cover.

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