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Pat Kelly

Born in 1949 in Kingston, Jamaica, Pat Kelly was one of the island's leading purveyors of the rocksteady genre. The Curtis Mayfield sound-alike took Slim Smith's place alongside Bruce Ruffin & Winston Riley in the Techniques around 1966. The group recorded some fine covers of soul music especially Impressions tunes. The new Technique lineup debuted with "You Don't Care" a remake of the Impressions' "You'll Want Me Back," which they later recorded under the correct title. "Minstrel & Queen," another Impressions oldie, followed, and the Techniques were rolling with chain of hits that included "My Girl" and "Love Is Not A Gamble."

Kelly went solo in 1968, debuting with yet another Curtis Mayfield song, "Little Boy Blue." With the Techniques out of the picture, the Uniques handled the backing vocals on a series of tracks that included remakes of "Daddy's Home," "I'm in the Mood for Love" and "You Are Not Mine."

The solo experiment lasted less than a year before he reunited with the Techniques, coming out strong with a shimmering remake of the Temptations' "I Wish It Would Rain," and other rocksteady ditties accompanied by Hopeton Lewis on some, and Winston Riley on others. In 1969 he decided to go solo again and came out with a reggae version of James Carr's "Dark End of the Street," then "Since You're Gone," and others including "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye." Kelly bounced around from studio to studio recording some tracks for Bunny Lee and some for Lee Perry.

All of his recordings did well in Jamaica, the surrounding islands, and the United Kingdom, especially "How Long Will It Take." A trip to the U.K. via the strength of "How Long..." resulted in a deal with Pama Records and the LP, Pat Kelly Sings. Most of his releases came out on Pama's subsidiary, Gas Records. Back in Jamaica he continued recording and released the Cool Breezing (Soulful Love) album, a collaboration with Phil Pratt.

Kelly stayed viable until 1978. When reggae changed from romantic love songs to the more contemporary, explicit expressions of younger Jamaicans, Kelly's career lost its luster. His best offerings are now readily available via the Internet on various CDs featuring Kelly only, and on some various artists compilations. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Selected Discography

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Track List: All Shook Up - A Reggae Tribute To The King

1. Don't Be Cruel

3. All Shook Up

6. Are You Lonesome Tonight?

7. Wooden Heart

9. Suspicion

10. Frankie And Johnny

12. You'll Never Walk Alone

14. In The Ghetto

15. Suspicious Minds

19. The Impossible Dream

21. Fever

23. Pledging My Love

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Track List: Claude Challe Presents Lovely Reprises By K'lid

1. (It's A Man's Man's) Man's World

2. Josephine

5. Ain't No Sunshine

9. Papa Was A Rolling Stone

10. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

11. Now That We Found Love

14. Ya Rayah (Balkan Mix)

16. On The Road Again

18. La Vie En Rose

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Track List: Golden Rockers

1. Love And Devotion

2. This Whole Heart Of Mine

3. Russians Are Coming

4. Bum Ball

5. Don't Try To Use Me

6. Stick By Me

7. Sad Mood

8. Room Full Of Tears

9. Girl Of Dreams

10. 12th Of Never

11. Chatter Box

12. Queen Of The Misntrel

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Track List: Good Times Skank: Joey Jay (Good Times Sound System)

1. Better Must Come

2. False Leaders

3. Leggo Beast

4. Talk About Love

5. I Can't Wait Too Long

6. Give Thanks & Praise

7. African

8. Yim Mas Gan

10. A Ruffer Version

11. Blazing Fire

13. After All

14. Serious

15. Concentration

16. All We Need Is Love

18. The Alien Aborts

20. Stop The War Now

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Track List: Lovers Forever

1. On My Own

4. Tracks Of My Tears

5. Hey Girl

6. Once You Hit The Road

7. Woman

8. Show & Tell

9. La La At The End

10. Bridge Over Troubled Water

11. Number One

12. No One Can Take Your Place

13. I Am Your Puppet

15. First Cut Is The Deepest

16. Be My Wife

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Track List: Py Py Love

1. Power Of Love

2. Burn Nose

3. Should I Be Crazy

4. Whey Dem A Do

5. Go Back Whey You Come From

6. Py-Py Love

7. Midnight Hour

8. Back To The Bible

9. Gal Pickney

10. Ready Fi Dance

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Track List: Reggae Anthology: Winston Riley - Quintessential Techniques

Disc 1

1. You Don't Care

2. Born To Love You

3. Who You Gonna Run To?

5. Double Barrel

6. I'll Be Waiting

7. Satisfaction

8. Ready Or Not

9. Nothing Is Impossible

11. Love Is Not A Gamble

12. Love O Love

13. Let Me Remind You

16. One Two

17. Arleen

18. Bam Bam

Disc 2

1. Dust A Sound Boy

2. Ring The Alarm

3. Kill A Sound

4. Bad Boy

5. Terrorist

6. Leave People Business

7. Jah Made Them All

8. Hol' A Fresh

9. Yu Body Good

13. Agony

14. Stamina Daddy

15. Crazy Glue

17. Loneliness

18. Uptown Girl

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Track List: The Bunny Lee Rocksteady Years

1. Lonely Lover

2. My Conversation

3. Hey There Lonely Girl

4. Take Me Back

5. Long Day Short Night

6. How Could I

7. Let Me Go Girl

8. Don't Believe Him

9. King And Queen

10. The Dark End Of The Street

12. Right On Time

13. I Can't Help It

15. Long Time Me No See You Girl

16. Forever

17. Somebody To Love

18. To Sir With Love

19. I'm Going Home

20. Build My World Around You

21. Hold Down Miss Winey

23. Born To Love You

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Track List: Total Reggae: Chart Hits Reggae Style

1. Guantanamera

2. Games People Play

3. Love Come Down

4. If I Were A Carpenter

7. Eternal Flame

8. Mr. Sea

10. The Last Thing On My Mind

11. Bye Bye Love

16. Rhinestone Cowboy

17. When I See You Smile

20. My Girl

22. Only Sixteen

23. Careless Whisper

24. It's Not Unusual

25. Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This

27. The Tears Of A Clown

28. Suspicious Minds

29. Sugar, Sugar

30. Halfway To Paradise

31. Don't Let Me Down

33. Son Of A Preacher Man

34. Whiter Shade Of Pale

36. Deck Of Cards

38. Knocking On Heaven's Door

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Track List: Total Reggae: Roots

1. Fisherman

2. True Rastaman

3. Warrior

4. Hard Time Pressure

5. Black Liberation

6. Burn Babylon

8. None A Jah Jah Children

9. Border

10. Vinyard

12. Bits Of Paper

13. Fade Away

14. Never Stop Fighting

15. Ballistic Affair

16. Things And Time

17. Gates Of Zion

20. Fire Burning

22. Ina Jah Children

24. Devil's Throne

25. Carpenter Rebuild

26. Tribal War

27. Call Of The Rastaman

28. Far East

29. Praise Him

30. Jack Slick

31. Trials And Crosses

32. Fools Fighting

33. Torch Of Freedom

34. I Spy

37. Hypocrite

38. Here Comes The Judge

39. It's A Good Day

40. Stepping Out Of Babylon

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Track List: Trojan Beatles Tribute Box Set

Disc 1

2. A Hard Day's Night

5. Yesterday

8. You Won't See Me

9. You Won't See Me

10. If I Needed Someone

12. Hello Goodbye

13. Lady Madonna

14. Hey Jude

16. Ob La Di Ob La Da

17. Blackbird (Singing)

Disc 2

1. I Will

2. Get Back

3. Don't Let Me Down

4. Don't Let Me Down

5. Give Peace A Chance

7. Here Comes The Sun

8. Carry That Weight

9. Let It Be

12. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

13. My Love

15. World Without Love

17. Come And Get It

Disc 3

2. And I Love Her

3. Yesterday

4. In My Life

6. Hey Jude

7. Ob La Di Ob La Da

8. Blackbird (singing)

9. Come Together

11. Here Comes The Sun

12. Isn't It A Pity

13. My Sweet Lord

15. A World Without Love

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Track List: Trojan Country Reggae Box Set

1. Take Me Home Country Roads

3. Wolverton Mountain

6. Jambalaya

7. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

12. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights

13. The Last Thing On My Mind

15. Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings

16. Someone Loves You Honey

17. I Want To Wake Up With You

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Track List: Trojan Motor City Reggae Box Set

Disc 1

1. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

3. The Further You Look, The Less You See

4. I Want A Love I Can See

5. The Way You Do The Things You Do

6. The Girl's Alright With Me

7. Since I Lost You

8. Baby I Need Your Loving

9. The Tracks Of My Tears

10. My Girl Has Gone (When You Were Mine)

11. Put Yourself In My Place

12. This Old Heart Of Mine

13. My Girl

14. It's Growing

15. Since I Lost My Baby

16. Don't Look Back

17. I Can't Help Myself

Disc 2

1. It's The Same Old Song

2. Born To Love You

3. Everybody Needs Love

4. Ain't That Peculiar

5. My World Is Empty Without You

6. A Place In The Sun

7. Get Ready

8. Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got

9. The Love I Saw In You (Was Just A Mirage)

11. You're My Everything

12. That's The Way Love Is

13. You've Made Me So Very Happy

14. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

15. I Love You Madly

16. I Wish It Would Rain

Disc 3

1. For Once In My Life

2. Don't Know Why (I Love You)

4. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)

5. Message From A Black Man

6. Slave

8. War

9. The Onion Song

10. I'll Be There

11. God Bless Whoever Sent You

12. It's A Shame

13. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

16. Let's Get It On

17. Your Kiss Is Sweet

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Track List: Trojan: Club Reggae Box Set

Disc 1

1. Holly Holy

3. The Law

4. Groovy Situation

7. Cherry Oh Baby

8. To The Fields

9. Sweet Jamaica

10. Little Boy Blue

11. I Love Jamaica

12. Those Good Good Old Days

13. Mother And Child Reunion

14. Merry Up

16. Riot

17. Just A Dream

Disc 2

1. Louie Louie

4. I'll Be True To You

5. Time Hard

6. Star Trek

9. Watch That Little Girl

11. Lottery Spin

12. Build It Up

13. Reggae Makossa

14. Ton Up Kids

15. Images Of You

16. Check Out Yourself

Disc 3

1. When Will I See You Again

2. Sweet Harmony

3. Darling You Send Me

5. Kung Fu Fighting

6. Solitary Man

7. Best Time Of My Life

8. Rock Your Baby

13. Come Lay Some Loving On Me

14. Some Guys Have All The Luck

15. This Monday Morning Feeling

16. Enter Into His Gates With Praise

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Track List: Various Trojan Mod Reggae Collection

1. Ali Baba

2. Country Town

3. Riverton City

4. Fat Man

5. C N Express

6. Nevada Joe

7. Running Around

9. Rum-Bum-A-Loo

11. Step Softly

12. The Man (AKA Man To Man)

13. Lucky Seven

14. Oh Babe (Sick And Tired)

15. Sweet Soul Music

16. Thunderball

17. Renegade

20. (Music Is My) Occupation

21. Lonely Feeling (AKA Here Comes That Feeling)

23. Dr. Kitch

24. Just Tell Me

25. Gun Fever

26. I'm In A Jam

27. Delilah

28. Bombshell

29. Good Time Rock

30. Kitch You're So Sweet

31. Storm Warning

33. The Ugly One (AKA Lee Van Cleef)

35. A Yuh (Hey You)

37. Gun Man Coming To Town

38. Lonely Days

39. Stranger In Town

40. I Am Coming Home

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