Studio One Releases Rare Reggae Radio Show Performances From Jamaica
October 14, 2016 at 12:25 PM (PT)
Legendary reggae label STUDIO ONE, as part of a massive reissue program through YEP ROCK MUSIC GROUP, has released its third album, "STUDIO ONE Radio Show," today.
The album consists of two '70-era radio episodes recorded for STUDIO ONE by the former JAMAICAN BROADCASTING CORP. featuring iconic host WINSTON “THE WHIP” WILLIAMS, whose radio career spans four decades. WILLIAMS continues to work as the "radio rhyme king" on POWER 106FM in JAMAICA. His specialty was a rapid-fire jive rhyming delivery alongside his alter-ego MARCUS, who “ate chicken on SUNDAYS.”
The album includes songs by SUGAR INNOTT, KEN BOOTHE, ALTON ELLIS, WINSTON FRANCIS and THE HEPTONES, among others. Broadcast on SATURDAYS, these shows were intended to showcase recent releases and to advertise the various STUDIO ONE locations and their products.
JAMAICAN radio in the early years was largely not supportive of music made on the island. Up until the '70s, there were heated discussions about the amount of U.S. soul hits being played as opposed to native sounds. It was in this climate that STUDIO ONE’s legendary CLEMENT DODD as well as DUKE REID and LEE PERRY, started purchasing time from the radio stations to play their material uninterrupted.