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Thread #90001   Message #1702867
Posted By: Azizi
25-Mar-06 - 09:53 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Take Me Back to Jamaica (Jolly Boys)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Take me back to Jamaica (Jolly Boys)
For comprehensive online history of Mento music including the the Jolly Boys and other vocalists & groups, click

Here's an excerpt from that website:

"If you should ever visit Port Antonio, they still talk about how back in the 1950s, The Jolly Boys would play at Hollywood parties that film star Errol Flynn would throw at his Port Antonio estate. Some accounts have the beginnings of the Jolly Boys dating back to the 1940s, though this may be inaccurate. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any personnel info from this era beyond the fact that Moses Deans was a member, playing banjo and singing. This lineup does not appear to have recorded...

..disregarding the recordings by reggae artists with the same same, the first true Jolly Boys recording was the 1972 single:

Take Me Back To Jamaica
- Allan Swimmer and The Jolly Boys, b/w

Thousand Of Children
- Donald Davidson and The Jolly Boys

When this 45 was released in Great Britton, on the Fab Records label, the songs were credited to Allan Swimmer and to Dee Davidson, with the words Jolly Boys totally absent from the label. The A-side was remade 18 years later on The Jolly Boys LP, "Sunshine 'n' Water". The B-side was included on the 1977 Jolly Boys album, The Roots of Reggae"...