Soul/R&B

1967 Rocksteady: The Jamaicans

The Jamaicans originally started out as a band known as the Cool Shakes. They cut two tracks for Duke Reid with Treasure Isle Records (known for his love of jazz, blues and soul), and in 1967 at the Island's Festival Song Contest, the band took home 1st place with the super fun, ska/rocksteady pop song Ba Ba Boom, written about the Jamaica Independence Festival.