Monday, March 04, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Lloyd Clarke

Artist:Lloyd Clarke
Song:Parapinto Boogie
Album:Trojan Jamaican R&B Box Set

When most folks think of Jamaican music, they think of Reggae or Ska. The 1960 song Parapinto Boogie predates all that and shows the heavy influence of American R&B. Lloyd Clarke has been in the music business his whole life but has never been a star. He was born in 1937 in Linstead Saint Catherine, Jamaica but his family moved to the Trench Town area of Kingston when he was an infant. He grew up singing in church and performed locally as a teen. Pioneering Jamaican music producer Arthur "Duke" Reid spotted Clarke and brought him into his studio. Clarke wrote Parapinto Boogie and it was a big hit. Despite the success, Parapinto Boogie was the only song Clarke ever recorded for Reid. It would be soon after that Derrick Morgan would become one of the biggest stars of the early Jamaican music scene. My guess is Reid chose Morgan over Clarke. You can get Parapinto Boogie on this Trojan box set. Clarke went on to record hits like Girls Rush, Japanese Girl and Love You The Most with producer Leslie Kong. Clarke recorded for several producers in the 60s but was never able to reach stardom. When the Jamaican music business dried up for Clarke, he moved to England and was lead singer of the 80s band Jah Warriors. In recent years he formed United Reggae Band and continues to lead them today. Here's a video for Parapinto Boogie by Lloyd Clarke.

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