John Holt

Genres: R&B / Soul Reggae
Tags: reggae roots reggae rocksteady jamaica roots Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 July 1947, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. At the age of 12 Holt’s 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 I’ll Stay’, for Leslie Kong’s Beverley’s label. Holt also recorded duets with Alton Ellis for Randy’s, 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 Holt’s precise, creamy tenor. The group’s 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’, ‘Let’s Build Our Dreams’ and...

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