JUMP UP RECORDS celebrates the beginning of it’s 20th Anniversary by creating Jamaican Oldies Productions, a partnership with Mayne Stage to bring vintage Jamaican vocalists to Chicago every 3 months! Their second event is another amazing 2 day weekend!
There were many popular Jamaican duos singing love ballads in early 60s: Stranger & Patsy, Keith & Enid, Alton & Eddie, Derrick & Patsy, Jackie Opel & Doreen Shaffer, and Lord Creator & Norma Fraser just to name a few. But perhaps the greatest duettist of them all was Roy Panton, who started recording in the late 50s with Stranger Cole and Eric “Monty” Morris, duetted with a young Millie Small, and produced a plethora of ska/rocksteady recordings with Yvonne Harrison that rode high on the Jamaican charts during the early 1960s. These powerful recordings touched the hearts of many and drew much inspiration from the Black American duo Shirley and Lee. Focusing mostly on themes of romance, many of these duet recordings acted as a springboard to catapult singers into successful solo careers.