"John Crow" skank was a very popular dance in Jamaica around '71-'72 when i was a kid, and there was a brief flurry of records with the distinctive start/stop rhythm. this Derrick Morgan tune is fashioned after the biggest John Crow rhythm ever - Eric Donaldson's "Cherry Oh Baby", which was a massive, massive song that won the festival competition for '71. my mom had a lot of 7" records with this style, like Peter Tosh's "Maga Dog" that he did for Joe Gibbs in '71, and more Eric Donaldson/Bunny Lee-produced records like "Love Of The Common People", "Just Can't Happen This Way", "Blue Boots" etc. that were all cut at Dynamic Studios by a very young Inner Circle band and a few of the Dynamic session guys.
check out this very rare Bynny Lee interview from the early 90's in which he speaks on the origins of the "John Crow" Skank riddim. http://www.mediafire.com/?bdrc97kv6v75ruk Give thanks Dub Tafari
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