|Tags:||reggae roots reggae rocksteady jamaica roots|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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11 July 1947, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. At the age of 12 Holts voice was a regular feature of the talent contests run by Vere Johns at various Jamaican theatres, and by 1963 Holt had cut his first single, I Cried A Tear/Forever Ill Stay, for Leslie Kongs Beverleys label. Holt also recorded duets with Alton Ellis for Randys, including Rum Bumper (1964). Between 1965 and 1970 he was lead singer with the Paragons, one of the smoothest, most accomplished vocal trios in reggae, and heavily dependent on Holts precise, creamy tenor. The groups work with producer Duke Reid was impeccable, and they enjoyed a string of hits, Ali Baba, Tonight and I See Your Face, among them. Holt, sometimes with the Paragons, also worked with Studio One on sides such as Fancy Make-Up, A Love I Can Feel, Lets Build Our Dreams and...