Stars of Rocksteady (Delroy Wilson)


In 1972, Jamaica’s opposition leader Michael Manley and his People’s National Party chose Delroy Wilson’s “Better Must come” a huge hit, as a theme song to increase their vote among ‘sufferers’, as their election campaign song. Nicknamed the “Cool Operator”, from a song of the same name, Wilson is said to be one of the most influential artist in Jamaica’s our story, influencing a bevy of “ska” and “rocksteady” artist from the ‘60’s and ‘70’s including such luminaries as Dennis Brown.  Like Brown and Freddie McGregor, Wilson was barely pubescent when he recorded his debut single for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label in 1961 at the age of thirteen. His first single “Emy Lou”, and his early years with Coxsone yielded a number of ska hits.

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