SONG OF THE DAY Derrick Harriott – Message From a Black Man

a-166283-1267373997-jpegThere are times when a cover can be as good as, if not better than, the original and this I’ve found with today’s song…

First released in 1969 by The Temptations, ‘Message From A Black Man’ was covered a year later by Derrick Harriott, and for me this is the version I’m liking the best.

Derrick Harriott is a singer, producer, label and shop owner from Jamaica who has been described as being responsible for some of the most significant, influential and most successful music to have ever come out of Jamaica.  He has produced recordings by Big Youth, Chariot Riders, The Chosen Few, Dennis Brown, The Ethiopians, Keith & Tex, The Kingstonians to name a few and was one of the first producers to use King Tubby mixing talents at his Waterhouse studio.

In the 1970s he opened his first record shop on King Street in Kingston, later moving to larger premises at Twin Gates Plaza in Half-Way Tree and has continued to produce/make music over the past few decades.  ‘Message From A Black Man’ was released as a 7″ single in 1970 with an instrumental version as its B-side, check it out above.


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