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John Holt has been adept at riding the vast sea changes in style that characterize Jamaican music for nearly 40 years, beginning with his stint as lead singer for beloved vocal group the Paragons in the mid-'60s. Best known for his orchestral and easy listening love ballads, — often covers of pop hits — Holt was also a capable roots rocker when he wanted to be, and a fine songwriter. This set, which includes productions from Dennis Brown, Lloyd James, Danny Ray, Roy Francis, and Holt himself, goes down bright and easy, with the opener, "Jam in the Street," an interesting cover of "Rainy Night in Georgia," and a nice version of the Motown hit "How Sweet It Is" being among the highlights.

Biography

Born: 11 July 1947 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

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

On an island renowned for its superb vocalists and composers, John Holt stood head and shoulders above the rest as one of Jamaica's sweetest singers and enduring songwriters. He voiced and penned so many of the country's classics that in a way, Holt defined the island's sound. Born in the Greenwich Farm area of Kingston, Jamaica, on July 11, 1947, the young Holt took his first steps into the music business via the talent show circuit. Talent shows have always had a massive popularity in Jamaica and...
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  • £2.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, World
  • Released: 27 September 2005

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