FOLLOW THAT RIDDIM: FROM STRANGER COLE TO U-ROY


Stranger Cole: Crying Every NIght
From 7″ (Treasure Isle, 1969/1970). Also on Bangarang.

U-Roy and Hopeton Lewis: Tom Drunk
From 7″ (Trojan, 1970). Also on Your Ace From Space.

The thing I love about being totally underinformed when it comes to riddims is discovering both re-uses of certain riddims, or in this case, the originating riddim. I got turned onto “Tom Drunk” because of Reflection Eternal and certainly, if there’s any song that’s associated with this riddim, it’s the U-Roy single. Huge hit, big deal for him at that point in his career.

But it wasn’t until years later (10+!) that I realized, “oh, that was someone else’s riddim?” And as it turns out, it seems to have originated first with Stranger Cole and his cover of “These Eyes (aka Crying Every Night)”. Awesome OG, love the use of female back-up singers, and, of course, the production is incredible (Duke Reid I presume?)

There’s a few other tunes with the same riddim, including instrumental versions by Herman Marquis and Tommy McCook.

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3 comments to FOLLOW THAT RIDDIM: FROM STRANGER COLE TO U-ROY

  • Theo

    that stranger cole tune is so good it makes me want to cry (‘scuse the pun). best reggae tune i’ve heard in ages, thanks a lot! 

  • thinman.in.philly

    Never hoid that Stranger Cole track. Thanks a bunch.

  • Joey Colorado

    Hey O-Dub –

    Love this post! I hadn’t heard that Stranger Cole version, but I love almost anything Treasure Isle, thanks!

    Off topic..I personally love the funk album – Funky Nassau by The Beginning of the End – which I’m guessing you are probably familiar with.  I don’t know much about these guys but I was poking around on the internet and couldn’t find out much about them.  I noticed that the Munnings brothers played on some Duke Errol albums by looking at this site: http://dukeerrolstrachan.tripod.com/#Music  Do you know any thing about Duke Errol? If you do, do you think it’s worth trying to track down any of his albums? Any idea what they sound like, comparable to TBotE?  

    Thanks!
    Joey

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