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Tag: Jamaican Independence Festival Song Competition

"Finger Mash"
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“Play De Music” vs. “Finger Mash”: Festival Sound Clash

In the liner notes to Baba Boom! — Trojan’s compilation of Jamaica Independence Festival songs from 1966-1975 — one piece of text really jumped out at me: 1974’s ‘Play De Music‘ by Tinga Stewart – a monster hit and the very last one of the archetypal Festival Songs, celebrating the

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"Blue Boot"
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“Blue Boot”: Next-Generation Musical Footware

A key transitional moment in the history of popular music largely went unnoticed when Eric Donaldson took the baton from early rock & roll pioneer, Carl Perkins – author of “Blue Suede Shoes” – upon the release of this great single from 1972 on the Jaguar label, “Blue Boot“: “Blue

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