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Song of the day: Magic!- Rude

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The band Magic! made their debute this year. The band is a Canadian reggae band, and they made a smashing hit of their debute single. The song was based on a bad relation of the singer with a girlfriend, but the story was changed a bit for the record: in the song, the singer is still meeting her and he asks her father if he can propose. In the US and the UK, it hit number 1! Enjoy

Magic!- Rude

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Song of the day: R.I.O.- Shine On

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Today we have a singer from Germany, who can sing reggae! And he managed to score a hit in several countries, making it to number 1 in Russia and to number 8 in both Italy and France. However, his highest place in Germany was 25… It does not matter a lot to me, since I think it’s a great song he made. Enjoy

R.I.O.- Shine On

Song of the day: Maxi Priest- Close To You

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In 1990, a song by Maxi Priest would make it to the first place in the Billboard Hot 100. The artist is a British singer, who mostly records reggae songs. He already had had hits with songs such as Wild World, and this would be one of his biggest summer hits. It sounds like the summer does, so enjoy

Maxi Priest- Close To You

Song of the day: Third World- Now That We Found Love

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This song started its career in 1973, when the first recording was done by the O’Jays (known from the Love Train). Then some other artists came around, like Martha Reeves (who also recorded the original of Dancing In The Streets) and in 1978 the reggae band Third World. They recorded it in a reggae/disco version, and had a small hit with it. I think this is the best version, though the major success of the song came in 1991, when Heavy D and the Boyz recorded the song. Enjoy

Third World- Now That We Found Love

Song of the day: Big Mountain- Baby I Love Your Way

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The story of today starts in the year 1975. Peter Frampton (Show Me The Way) releases a single called Baby I Love Your Way. In some countries it is a hit, in the US the single reaches place 12. In 1994 a movie called Reality Bites comes in existence. There is a need for a soundtrack, so the band Big Mountain is called to make a song. They choose the song Baby, I Love Your Way, and make a reggae song of it. It even becomes a bigger hit than the original, reaching number 6 in the US and number 2 in the UK! In the movie, there still is a reference to the original song. A character called Michael Grates explains how the song by Peter Frampton came into existence. Enjoy

Big Mountain- Baby, I Love Your Way

Song of the day: Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger- Walk And Don’t Look Back

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Peter Tosh was a member of Bob Marley & The Wailers, Mick Jagger is a member of The Rolling Stones. Together they recorded a cover version of Don’t Look Back, a Temptations song. Making it a reggae song, they had a (small) hit, depending on the country and chart you watch. I think it’s a nice song, so enjoy

Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger- (You Gotta Walk &) Don’t Look Back

Song of the day: Musical Youth- Pass The Dutchie

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An song from the early eighties today, 1982 to be precise. It was a number one hit back then and I think it’s good as a preparation for the summer, because it’s a reggae song! Actually it’s a cover version, putting two songs together. The text has been changed a great deal, since the references to cannabis and drugs have been changed… what they created is a nice song which can be played on the radio without a warning. Enjoy

Musical Youth- Pass The Dutchie

Song of the day: Ziggy Marley- Tomorrow People

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This is one of the sons of Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley. And just like Bob Marley, he makes reggae, too. And where do we associate reggae with? Yes, the summer. And since this is the last summer song of the day for this year, I thought it might be nice to end with one of the sons of Bob Marley. The song of the day is my personal favourite by Ziggy Marley. He recorded it with the Melody Makers, and it is from the late eighties.

Enjoy

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers- Tomorrow People

Song of the day: Aswad- Shine

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How I love reggae music! Bob Marley is one of my favourites, but Aswad is good too. As what? Well, a singer. (Must be a funny joke)
Never mind my jokes, but let’s be serious. If there is one thing associated with the summer, it’s reggae. And Aswad sounds a bit like Bob Marley… but don’t get fooled! They are British!

The song of the day is a hit from the nineties, 1994. Enough talking, get dancing on:

Aswad- Shine

Song of the day: Roots Syndicate- Mockin’ Bird Hill

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Yeah! Roots Syndicate. One of those one day flies, to have one hit and never return again.
It’s even that bad that they only exist on a Dutch Wikipedia-page, since they were Dutch. For a commercial of an insurances compagny they made a song, which was not ment to be released…
However, it was that popular that it was released, and in the Netherlands it went to number one.

No idea if it was known in other countries, and if not, then it’s about time to listen to this song. It was released in 1993, so it’s 20 years after the release that it’s song of the day! Really like the summer!

Roots Syndicate- Mockin’ Bird Hill

And for those interested in the commercial, watch it here. The text appearing in the end is the catchfrase of the compagny: translated it’s Just Call Apeldoorn. Apeldoorn is the place where the insurancescompagny is located.

Song of the day: Inner Circle- Sweat (A La La La Long)

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A La La La La Long, mmm…

Inner Circle maybe is on of the best groups in the reggae section, with catchy tunes and happy music. And believe me: I was doubting about which song to choose. Rock With You is a nice one, but I also like Games People Play.

So what did I do? I chose another song. That’s the way I solve these kind of problems. And it’s one of their three hits in the nineties, along with the earlier mentioned.

Enjoy:

Inner Circle- Sweat (A La La La La Long)

Song of the day: June Lodge- Someone Loves You Honey

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Number one, eighties, summer, bit of reggae: a perfect combination in this song. But June Lodge, about who I’m talking, was not only a singer. She also acted and made several art exhibitions.
However, I’m more interested in her musical performances. This song is definitely one of the best, and it brings up the summer feeling very well.
Let’s enjoy and don’t worry: someone loves you honey!!

June Lodge- Someone Loves You Honey

Song of the day: Laid Back- Sunshine Reggae

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What shall I say? Just a good song, relaxed and sunny. And it was a big hit.
This is one of those songs which I can sing along every word, a thousand times, but I kept forgetting which band it was. A few weeks I mixed them up with Jimmy Cliff (Reggae Night)! Fortunately, after writing this post, I will know them! (I hope :))
Enjoy!

Laid Back- Sunshine Reggae

Song of the day: Bill Withers- Lovely Day

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A relaxed song today, just because temperatures are like summer! It gives me a good feeling if I pull open the curtains and the sun is shining! This song on the radio, what could a man ask for more?
And if it’s like this, you know: what a delight that it is summer! Yeah!

Need more information? Just play the song I would say, try my feeling and your whole day is good (no guarantee given)

Bill Withers- Lovely Day

Summer Song of the Day #2: Bob Marley- Could You Be Loved

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Remember Gary Pine yesterday? He was a member of the Wailers, replacing the man of today: Bob Marley. And yes, today the Wailers are in the spotlights, together with Bob Marley, the reggae king according to me.
The hits they had are absolutely fabulous, and this is one of the best. The story of the writing is a nice one: it was written in an airplane! The Wailers were experimenting, and this song came up. The influences of the disco which was coming up (early eighties) are there, reggae is there, a formula to success!
This all makes it to a number 2 in the Summer Song of the Day Top 20!

Number 2: Bob Marley & The Wailers- Could You Be Loved

Summer Song of the Day #8: UB40- Red Red Wine

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A band which is one of my favourites is UB40. Their music is relaxed, reggae, and happy. Since summer is here, they can’t miss in the Summer Song of the Day Top 20!
Unfortunately, the song which you have voted for and which is on number 8, Red Red Wine, has been song of the day once before.

So I want to focus on another good song of them. The song which is not in the Summer Song of the Day Top 20 is a single by them from 1990. It was a cover of an older song, but they had a hit with the song.
The song was a big hit all over the world. Of course I’m talking about Kingston Town, the (unofficial) song of the day.

Number 8: UB40- Red Red Wine

Song of the day: Bobby McFerrin- Don’t Worry Be Happy

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I saw this song appearing on one of the blogs I follow, and thought: that’s  a nice summer song! Relaxed, sunny, reggae, a text which is not difficult at all, and you can whistle along!
All a man wants, isn’t it? Let’s make life not too complicated, it already is! So: Don’t Worry, Be Happy! 🙂

You still have some hours left to vote for the Summer Song of the Day Top 20, tomorrow: number 20! >>>>

Song of the day: Jimmy Cliff- Reggae Night

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Let’s put in some sunny reggae to relax a bit! I love this song, since it really brings up the summer in me!
And guess what? Made in 1983, so… eighties music = good music!
I don’t know what I should say about this song, it’s self-explaining!

Listen and enjoy Reggae Night!

And you can still vote for the Summer Song of the Day Top 20!>>>>

Song of the day: Mungo Jerry- In The Summertime

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This is a good collection of songs, from TV-commercials! One of them is a nice song which is an easy song, and later covered by Shaggy!
However, the original song is the song of the day. It was used in a lot of commercials, and very popular in the time it was firstly released:

It’s the version from 1970, by Mungo Jerry, it’s In The Summertime!

Vote for the Summer Song of the day Top 20!

Song of the day: 10CC- Dreadlock Holiday

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Yes, this is the best of album by 10cc! All the big hits are on there, but I want to discuss one of them, because there is a rather nice story behind it.
The song of the day, the song I am going to discuss, is a kind of reggae song. You know, it’s Dreadlock Holiday.

A member of the Moody Blues, Justin Hayward, was on holiday together with Eric Steward, who was in 10cc.
They went to Barbados, and the people there want a lot of you.
They decided to go parasailing, and Eric was already behind a speedboat, when some people (with dreadlocks) came to Justin.
They wanted his camera, and when he didn’t want to give it, they wanted his silver necklace.
He kept refusing, and one of the people said to him: “If we were on Jamaica now, I would have done something to you”.
Eric was very concerned, and was happy that he could see the people leave. He wrote this hit about it, and I like that he did!