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Album Review

Listeners might never imagine a combination of doo wop and reggae until they listen to this Dobby Dobson CD. He only really combines the two styles on "Baby Make It Soon"; the others are either one or the other. The Bee Gees' "Words," as well as "Mexican Divorce," "Halfway to Paradise," "Loving Pauper," and "Endlessly" are definitely reggae, while "This Is My Story," "Sweet Dreams," "Diamonds & Pearls," and some others owe their soul to doo wop. Then there's "Cry a Little Cry," something Dick Clark would have played on American Bandstand. On some tunes, including Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers' "What Love Has Joined Together," he phrases like Smokey, sounding similar but meatier. This is a versatile collection of songs that Dobson executes well; if you like variety, this one's for you.


Born: 1942 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of Jamaica's most beloved singers, Dobby Dobson has had a long-running career, but his name has been permanently twinned with 1967's self-penned "I'm a Loving Pauper." Born in Kingston in 1945, Dobson entered the music industry via the island's popular talent show circuit. In 1960, he paired up with Chuck Josephs, and under the moniker Chuck & Dobby they cut their debut single, "Cool School," for Duke Reid. Over the next two years, the pair recorded a steady stream of hits. With the duo's...
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