Hello Bovine Ska and Rocksteady Listeners!
This show this past week had a singular purpose, and that was to celebrate Generoso’s birthday the only way he knows how: By playing only Jamaican cuts from the year of his birth, 1968. He has been doing exactly that since the show started on WMBR, 88.1FM in Cambridge in 1996. As for 1968, that was a tumultuous year in history as it saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. The shooting of Andy Warhol by Valerie Solanis, the May 1968 riots in Paris but in the positive was the successful Apollo 8 mission, Shatner laying a kiss on Nichelle Nichols on Star Trek, and the end of rocksteady and the birth of reggae in Jamaica!
We began Generoso’s birthday with two sets of rocksteady and reggae that feature “1968” in their title. In the sets you heard cuts like The Three Tops track for Coxsone, “Great 68′ Train.” Lord Creator’s “Come Down ’68” which he recorded for Vincent Randy Chin. Some of the sensational 1968 rocksteady and early reggae cuts that made it onto the show are “Soul Day” from The Ethopians on Merritone, “Fun Galore” a top side from The Kingstonians on JJs and many many more. Between these songs, we played promos from 1968 television shows, we talked about the big records in the United States that year. A silly, fun, program that we hope you will enjoy!
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Generoso and Lily