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Burning Spear, as the Wikipedia entry below makes clear, is a man named Winston Rodney:

Rodney was born in Saint Ann's Bay, Saint Ann, Jamaica, as were reggae singer Bob Marley and political activist Marcus Garvey who both had a great influence on Rodney's life: Garvey in his philosophy, which Burning Spear greatly took to, and Marley in directly helping Burning Spear get started in the music industry (by some accounts) by introducing him to Clement Dodd.[3] Rodney met Marley at the latter's farm in 1969, and having told him that he wanted to get into the music business, Marley advised him to start at Dodd's Studio One label.[3][4] Reggae singer Larry Marshall claimed that it was he, while visiting St. Ann's Bay with Jackie Mittoo, who was approached by Rodney, and gave him this advice, and arranged the introduction.[5] Continue Reading...
Here are the lyrics to Slavery Days (above) and Old Marcus Garvey (below).

Originally posted to cweinsch on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 08:10 AM PST.

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  •  You Are Introducing Me To New Music (1+ / 0-)
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    cweinsch

    thank you!

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 08:19:31 AM PST

    •  There is so much... (4+ / 0-)
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      ...out there that is great. The irony is that we now have a huge catalog of it (YouTube and others), but it's so overwhelming that people stick to what they know.

      Not exactly the same thing, but a great story is that all the "cool" jazz players made fun of Guy Lombardo. (Stodgy music for seniors...).

      Louis Armstrong said something along the lines of, "Don't laugh at Guy Lombardo. He has the best rhythm section in jazz." Armstrong, in fact, was a pall bearer at Lombardo's funeral.

      It's not an exact comparison, but the point is that there is a lot of fabulous stuff out there, and all you have to do is find it. I also just love that story and wanted to tell it.

      Pls. check out my site for much more. Thanks for the thanks.

      Please visit The Daily Music Break for some good music.

      by cweinsch on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 08:46:31 AM PST

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      •  I Have A TB Of Music (1+ / 0-)
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        I tend to listen to what I own.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 08:52:38 AM PST

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      •  I Think I Was Like 4 (1+ / 0-)
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        My grandfather used to play a ton of old school jazz. I recall it, not liking it. He was way more hip then I was.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 08:57:23 AM PST

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      •  That's a Cool Story (0+ / 0-)

        Another bandleader that gets mocked frequently is (was) Lawrence Welk. A little corny (OK a lot corny) but excellent production values. And who can forget his band's performance of Brewer and Shipley's, "One Toke Over the Line" which Welk described afterwards by saying, "And there you heard a modern spiritual by Gail & Dale."

        best,

        john

        Strange that a harp of thousand strings should keep in tune so long

        by jabney on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 09:09:09 AM PST

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      •  This is a big problem for me (2+ / 0-)
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        ...we now have a huge catalog of it (YouTube and others) but it's so overwhelming that people stick to what they know.

        I more or less stalled out on discovering new music 10-15 years ago.  Radio, which had been my medium for finding new things, had become almost completely worthless.  I've been fortunate enough to live in places with great college stations since that time but there the problem is that I typically only hear a song once and then, because I'm older and busy, I forget it before I have a chance to look it up.

        I'd like to use the internet to find more good music but I don't really know where to start.  I find that if I use something like Pandora and I plug in an old song I tend to get other old songs rather than something new with a similar sensibility.

        "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

        by matching mole on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 10:03:49 AM PST

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        •  So - the point of the above comment (2+ / 0-)
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          is that I appreciate this series.

          "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

          by matching mole on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 10:14:58 AM PST

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          •  I hear ya MM, I try, I write down (2+ / 0-)
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            what time and where in the playlist so I can look at the online playlist later but usually forget.

            College radio is the best because it is open to old opinionated people like me (I helped on a show for a few years) and some serious collectors as well as younger people following their muse and sharing it.

            Playlists online at the radio station, an odd but sometimes useful resource.

            This machine kills Fascists.

            by KenBee on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:10:15 PM PST

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          •  Thanks... (0+ / 0-)

            ...and I certainly appreciate it.

            To do the series and the site, I just browse Youtube and the web with search terms such as opera, classical, etc. I have found gems that are off beat (a good example is The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain PLS. check this out) and famous folks in their field that I was not that familiar with (ie, Bill Monroe). All in all, it's great fun. I am thrilled that some other folks like it.

            Please visit The Daily Music Break for some good music.

            by cweinsch on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 02:22:14 PM PST

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  •  Nice. (3+ / 0-)
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    I was just playing some Burning Spear and Yellowman on Youtube the other day for my teenagers.  

    There's so much good music from back in the day...

  •  Always enjoy your diaries (2+ / 0-)
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    Just went over to your website, lots of wonderful music! Going to throw out a suggestion for a future diary, Seu Jorge.  I was first introduced to him in the movie "The Life Aquatic" but my favorite is CD is "Cru"  Plus listening to him on Pandora (for example) has turned me on to so many wonderful samba type artists I may otherwise never have heard of and really expanded my listening catalog.  

    Thanks again for you diaries and website!

    -6.25 -5.3 If I ever leave this world alive The madness that you feel will soon subside...

    by dansk47 on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 09:03:02 AM PST

  •  she called it! (1+ / 0-)
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    Mrs B across the room heard the intro before he sang, I didn't say who was singing, she said 'is that Marcus Garvey?'

    heh...pretty good..maybe she heard the 'are you ready?' from the introduction from the guitarist who is not Winston Rodney.

    Great musician, one of my all time favorites and still doing it at ..67 I think...long may he sing!

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:05:19 PM PST

  •  full concerts are so terrific and Spear has (1+ / 0-)
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    several, currently listening to the concert in Peru...and that's another thing, the suggestions at the right have led me way on down the rabbit hole to many great finds ..the utoobs embedded in diaries hide that, so if one likes, one needs to remember to click the little Youtube icon ayt bottom right to open the page that shows the other suggested tunes.

    It's very surprising what can turn up.

    But full concerts, Yeehaa!

    'do right
     do right
     do right
    I beg you to do right'

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:17:46 PM PST

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