The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

The Congos at the Black Ark and elsewhere

The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

Michael Garnice [+-]
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Michael Garnice is best known for his groundbreaking early reggae website www.mentomusic.com and his writing about Bob Marley for Reggae Beat Magazine. He lives in New York City and writes for a number of reggae websites and magazines.

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There are many great roots reggae vocal groups, each with its own sound and strengths. But no other group sounded quite like The Congos, and none could surpass the stunning heights they reached. Cedric Myton and “Congo Ashanti Roy” Roydel Johnson were both born in 1947, in Saint Catherine Parish and Hanover respectively. Myton was influenced by the singing of Nat King Cole, as well as that of his mother. Johnson received guitar instruction from Ernest Ranglin and counted Lee Perry as a childhood friend. Both began their musical careers once they moved to Kingston. Myton was a member of rock steady vocal group The Tartans, with Prince Lincoln Thompson, Devon Russell and Lindburgh Lewis. Johnson made a brief run at a solo career with a solitary single produced by Perry. He next became a guitarist and backing singer for Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus, and then for The Righteous Brothers, a vocal group that also included Yabby You and Albert Griffiths of The Gladiators.

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Garnice, Michael . The Congos at the Black Ark and elsewhere. The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 284-290 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781790953. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25466. Date accessed: 23 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25466. Mar 2016

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