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22 March 1946, Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Boothe began his recording career with Stranger Cole in the duo Stranger And Ken, releasing titles including Worlds Fair, Hush, Artibella and All Your Friends from 1963-65. When the rocksteady rhythm began to evolve during 1966, Boothe recorded Feel Good. He released a series of titles for Coxsone Dodds Studio One label that revealed him to be an impassioned, fiery vocalist, with an occasionally mannered style ultimately derived from US soul. During this period he was often referred to as the Wilson Pickett of Jamaican music. He continued recording with Dodd until 1970, releasing some of his best and biggest local hits. He made records for other producers at the same time, including Sonia Pottingers Gayfeet label, for which he recorded the local hit Say You in 1968. By the following year Boothe had switched again,...