Stick by Me

by: John Holt

One of Jamaica’s best and most enduring vocalists, {$John Holt} recorded his first single (for legendary producer {$Leslie Kong}) in 1963, found success with {$the Paragons} (he wrote “The Tide Is High” for the group -- the song was later an international hit for {$Blondie}) through the 1960s, then left the group for a successful solo career in 1970. By this time he was working often with producer {$Bunny Lee} and the pair tracked several memorable singles, including the title tune here, “Stick by Me,” which was the biggest-selling record in Jamaica in 1973. This three-disc, 30-track set (at ten songs a disc, it could easily have been condensed to two discs, if not one) collects a rather random assortment of {$Lee}-produced tracks, including “Stick by Me,” and it’s a pleasant listen but hardly an essential survey of this fine singer’s recorded work. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

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