• NEWS FROM TODAY
20 October, 2014 - RollingStone.com
John Holt, one of Jamaica's most well-loved vocalists, died early Sunday morning in London at the age of 67. His death was confirmed by his manager Copeland Forbes via the Jamaica Observer. Holt, who was initially known for his career with the Paragons in the rocksteady era of the 1960s, had 40 albums under his belt alongside his reputation for strong live performances. Diplo's Dancehall Reggae Primer: 10 Essential Tracks As a pre-teen, Holt was tremendously successful at local talent competitions in his native Kingston, quickly drawing the attention of equally legendary Jamaican singer and songwriter Bob Andy. Andy had begun performing as a duo with Tyrone Evans just after independence in 1962. Deciding that the field was flooded with strong twosomes, Andy and Evans decided to reach out to some potential singers, including Holt, that would eventually become The Paragons. Holt's voice was "a velveted tone like Nat King Cole," Andy tells Rolling Stone, and was just the thing for the mimicking of American and English hits popular in Jamaica at the time. "We became a national household name without having a recording," recalls Andy. With songs including the Holt-penned "Ali Baba," "Wear You to the Ball" and "I See Your Face," the Paragons rose to fame, becoming one of the top groups in Jamaican music. Also recording on his own with the legendary producers of the time, Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid, Holt had numerous hits throughout the 1960s. In 1967, however, the Paragons released the Holt-written "The Tide is High." The B-side tune was popular in Jamaica, but ended up both a UK and US number one in 1980 after Blondie covered the song for their fifth album Autoamerican. Truly the voice of the Paragons, Holt continued his fame after leaving the group in 1970. His 1973 album Stick by Me was a hit, as well as his series of unique covers of well-known pop songs, 1,000 Volts of Holt. Holt demonstrated talent for roots reggae in the 1980s, making "Police in Helicopter" a 1983 hit while continuing to steadily tour. He was also the first Jamaican artist, alongside fellow singer Freddy McGregor, to perform with London's Royal Symphony Orchestra.   More than anything, Holt will be remembered for his unmistakable tone. "He was a balladeer singing popular, uptempo music," Andy says. "He had such a naturally good voice that he didn't need to push the envelope. He has the most unique balladeer voice in Jamaican music. Across the board, he was the voice of our era." Related Beres Hammond Strikes Reggae Gold at 57 Damian Marley to Set Sail with Jamrock Reggae Cruise Reggae Pioneer Wayne Smith Dead at 48
Timomatic music video Delilah (feat. Pusha T)
03:47
video played 786 times
added 12 hours ago
The Script music video No Good In Goodbye (Lyric Video)
03:57
video played 3,484 times
added 12 hours ago
T.I. music video New National Anthem (feat. Skylar Grey) (Lyric Video)
04:19
video played 1,366 times
added 12 hours ago
Calvin Harris song Outside (feat. Ellie Goulding)
03:46
video played 1,225 times
added 12 hours ago
Nick Jonas song Wilderness
03:46
video played 779 times
added 13 hours ago
Fat Joe music video Stressin (feat. Jennifer Lopez)
04:21
video played 2,585 times
added 2 days ago
Fall Out Boy music video Centuries
04:31
video played 1,907 times
added 2 days ago
Ferras music video Speak In Tongues
04:20
video played 9,906 times
added 2 days ago
Cimorelli music video That Girl Should Be Me
03:18
video played 2,606 times
added 2 days ago
Ariana Grande music video Love Me Harder (feat. The Weeknd) (Lyric Video)
03:56
video played 2,329 times
added 2 days ago
Ghostface Killah & Badbadnotgood music video Gunshowers (feat. Elzhi)
03:03
James Blake music video Building It Still
03:34
video played 1,435 times
added 2 days ago
Jessie J music video Bang Bang / Burnin' Up (On Ellen) (Live)
04:05
video played 1,361 times
added 2 days ago
Meiko music video Be Mine
03:16
video played 873 times
added 2 days ago
Yellerkin music video Tools
04:39
video played 715 times
added 2 days ago
Flight Facilities music video Crave You (Reprise) (feat. Kylie Minogue)
01:25
video played 714 times
added 2 days ago
PartyNextDoor song Sex On The Beach
03:49
video played 1,832 times
added 2 days ago
Colbie Caillat music video Never Gonna Let You Down
03:33
video played 6,677 times
added 3 days ago
Isac Elliot music video Tired Of Missing You
04:15
video played 2,104 times
added 3 days ago
Cimorelli music video That Girl Should Be Me
03:18
video played 2,690 times
added 3 days ago
Hip-Hop / Pop / R & B
English
total 100 videos
created by MusicPlayOn
played 767,142 times
09:09:56
Pop / Hip-Hop / Dance
English
total 50 videos
created by MusicPlayOn
played 596,950 times
03:25:44
Pop / Rock / Hip-Hop
English / Japanese / Other
total 100 videos
created by MusicPlayOn
played 156,492 times
10:25:00
Pop / Dance / R & B
English / Other / Spanish
total 200 videos
created by Fric53
played 105,598 times
15:42:48
Dance / Rock / House
English
total 7 videos
created by frikacc
played 99,044 times
00:26:08
R & B
English
total 11 videos
created by TheMusicManiac
played 53,277 times
00:40:02
  • FACEBOOK FANS