$521 on Ebay confirms my suspicion that the swaggering rocksteady tunefulness of 1967’s “Take It Cool” was a breakout moment, artistically speaking, for master percussionist and sometime-vocalist, Noel ‘Scully‘ Simms:
“Take It Cool” Mr. Foundation (i.e., Noel ‘Zoot’ Simms) 1967
Would you believe someone paid the staggering sum of $700 at auction two years ago? Ninety dollars is a relative bargain, given that others have paid $108 and $345 dollars in the past for a copy of this 45.
Even more intriguing is the eyebrow-raising claim by Discogs.com that Noel ‘Scully’ Simms is “arguably the first Jamaican artist to release a record single” — without then identifying the title (!) of this historic recording. What gives?