Jamaican Oldies - Susan Cadogan & Charley Organaire
JUMP UP RECORDS continues it's 20th Anniversary celebration in 2014 curating JAMAICAN OLDIES PRODUCTIONS, a partnership with MAYNE STAGE that brings vintage Jamaican ska and reggae vocalists to Chicago. Our next event is VALENTINES DANCE featuring the legendary lovers rock reggae pioneer SUSAN CADOGAN and Chicago-based Studio One legend Charlie "Organaire" Cameron performing a vintage ska/reggae set!
With a delicate voice that shimmers between childlike innocence and smoldering sexuality, Susan Cadogan's vocals were the perfect expression of lovers rock. Born Alison Anne Cadogan on November 2, 1951, in Kingston, Jamaica, she came from a musical family, and her mother had in fact released a number of gospel records during her childhood. Jamaican Broadcasting Company DJ Jerry Lewis was introduced to her through a school friend, and was so impressed by her voice he took her into the JBC studio in 1974 to record his own composition, "Love My Life". As luck would have it, prooducer Lee "Scratch" Perry was at JBC that same day, swiftly swooping in, renaming her Susan, and immediately went to work in the studio recording an album's worth of cover songs. The first fruit was the rousing "Hurts So Good," a cover of Millie Jackson's soul classic, released on his Perries label. Even though the single included the Zap Pow horn section and bassist Boris Gardiner, it received little attention from the Jamaican public. It was a different story in Britain, where Perry licensed the song and topped the reggae charts. Magnet Records came knocking and also licensed the song, propelling it into the Top Five of the U.K. national charts. Cadogan was soon on her way to London, making several national TV appearances including "Top of the Pops". While there she inked a long term deal with Magnet, prompting Perry to license his own recordings with her to a variety of small U.K. labels, including the "Hurts So Good" album on Trojan in 1976. Magnet's "Doing It Her Way" album failed to chart, its crisp Pete Waterman production and lightweight choice of songs didn't connect with roots reggae fans or pop ones in the end. Cadogan hopefully hung on in Britain until 1977, when she called it a day and returned home to Jamaica and her old job at the university library. Then, out of the blue in 1982, Cadogan was back on the Jamaican chart with the Smokey Robinson's classic "Tracks of My Tears." Apparently, much of the island's public had grown weary of roots, social fatigue had set in and fans craved the "new" lovers rock style. Richly romantic, gentle, and soothing, it was perfect for Cadogan's own stylings. Two more hits followed in 1982: "Piece of My Heart" and "Love Me." She topped the chart the next year with an Ruddy Thomas duet, "(You Know How to Make Me) Feel So Good," and the pair followed up with a second smash, "Only Heaven Can Wait." In 1984, Cadogan delivered two more chart winners, "Cause You Love Me Baby" and "Don't Know Why." Then, just as swiftly as she had appeared, the singer vanished, leaving the music industry entirely. It was almost a decade before she resurfaced, this time accompanied by English producer Mad Professor, who released her 1992 album "Soulful Reggae" on his Ariwa imprint. Cadogan caught the music bug once more in 2001, and she performed live at the Heineken Startime Series event in Kingston. More recently, she has toured together with Glen Adams and The Slackers as well as with the Portuguese band The Ratazanas.
An all star band with members of THE DRASTICS will be backing SUSAN for this amazing show!
CHARLIE "ORGANAIRE" CAMERON
Charles Cameron was born in Kingston, Jamaica on March 20, 1942. He was inspired by the singing of his mother Louise, and his neighbor Mr. Randolph, a mean harmonica player. From the early age of 5, Charles started performing in neighborhood concerts, churches, and lodge halls - reciting poems, singing and playing his plastic harmonica. At the age of 9, a talent scout named Vere Johns had Charles performing on the "Opportunity Knocks" radio program and at various theatres in Kingston, such
as the Palace, Ambassador, Gaity, and Majestic. He performed with all the big singers like Jimmy Tucker, Winston Samuels, and Laurel Aitken, plus was a side-kick to Bim and Bam, Jamaica's leading comedians at the time. In his teens, Charley "Organaire" Cameron performed with big bands lead by Carlos Malcolm and Sonny Bradshaw. Then Charles teamed up with Bobby Aitken and formed a band called the Carribeats, recording the hit track "Never Never" with Bobby on vocals, Charley on harmonica.
Charley "Organaire" was now unstoppable, becoming a well known studio musician performing on sessions with Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, The Tenors, Derrick Morgan, Millie Small, Toots and the Maytals, Phyllis Dillon, Stranger Cole, and Lord Creator. The "Organaire" worked for the biggest labels in Jamaica: Prince Buster, Studio 1, Beverly's, Duke Reed, Treasure Island, Highlights and King Edwards. Charley also started producing hits for his Organaire label, most notibly "Little Village/Little Holiday", "London Town", Illusive Baby", "Sweet Jamaica", "Your Sweet Love", and "Let me Go". Being one of the most popular entertainers in Jamaica, he moved to the north coast and worked in the tourist industry. Playboy, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Intercontinental, Yellow Bird, you name it, he played there. Charles moved to Chicago in the late 70's, eventually forming his own band called "The Charles Cameron & Sunshine Festival". The "Organaire" band played in various night clubs, for major corporations, and political functions throughout Chicago including events for former Mayors Harold Washington and Jane Burn. Charles also played at Chicago Fest, Festival of Life, Taste of Chicago, and the African Fest. Charley "Organaire" Cameron continues to write and record to this day, the title track from his "Never Stop Loving You" CD appeared in the movie "Love Jones" starring Nia Long and Lorenzo Tate, and his newly released "Friends" CD features collaborations with Charlie Hunt and Steve Bradley. In 2012/2013 Charlie Organaire became a regular fixture at Chicago's Jamaican Oldies productions at Mayne Stage, performing with Stranger Cole, Roy Panton & Yvonne Harrison, Eric Monty Morris, Derrick Morgan and Derrick Harriott. We are blessed to have Charlie "Organaire" Cameron perform a vintage ska/reggae oldies set for us backed by Minneapolis' THE PRIZEFIGHTERS.
CHARLIE will be backed by THE PRIZEFIGHTERS, who will also perform a set full of classic Jamaican Oldies love songs for your Valentine's delight! The Prizefighters keep the sound of 60's Jamaica alive and loud in the Twin Cities. Traditional ska, rocksteady, early reggae and sweet soul music is the name of the game, and the Prizefighters play to win. Holding it down since 2006, The Prizefighters breathe life into an often overlooked genre of music, picking up where essential Jamaican groups like the Skatalites and the Upsetters left off. Recordings on JUMP UP RECORDS and their own PRIZEFIGHTER SOUND have brought them to a worldwide audience in recent years, and backing gigs for Stranger Cole and Roy & Yvonne have made them one of today's most talked about bands.http://www.facebook.com/theprizefighterst
DJ Chuck Wren, Darren Reggae, and Feel The Rhythm DJs spin your favorite Jamaican oldies - strictly on vinyl. All this PLUS vendors selling original Jamaican vinyl, hand screened concert posters, JUMP UP RECORDS' massive mail order table and much more. 18+ show.