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Soldering - The Starlights ft. Stanley Beckford

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Uploaded on Sep 21, 2008

Jamaica 1975, the heyday of roots and culture - Stanley Beckford (who basically was The Starlights) was a throwback to the old mento music, in both his vocal style and lyrics. He didn't show any American influence at all and so in a sense was the real roots sound. Soldering was a huge hit, despite being widely banned on radio for obscenity. Many other artists rushed out records in the same vein - notably I Roy with Welding and Johnny Clarke with Rebel Soldering.
Stanley unfortunately died of cancer last year, having just enjoyed a revival performing mento on tour in Europe.

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