To celebrate Jamaica’s independence day, we decided to put together five great (but maybe overlooked) tracks of Jamaican Ska from 1962, the year Jamaica became independent.
Stranger Cole – “Ruff and Tuff”
This playful Duke Reid produced cut features Tommy McCook backing and a harmonica solo to boot. This was one of many early successful singles to come from Stranger Cole and Duke Reid.
Derrick Morgan – “Sunday Monday”
While Derrick Morgan’s most famous 1962 song is undoubtedly the independence day inspired “Forward March,” this tune of heartbreak showcases Morgan’s versatility and engaging personality as a young singer.