by Howard Campbell
[SOUTH FLORIDA] – It was the summer season of 1985. Music producer Willie Lindo, primarily based in New York, headed to Jamaica for a gathering with singer Beres Hammond. He was involved that “What One Dance Can Do“, a music he wrote and produced for him, was going nowhere.
“When it come out within the first three months nothing by no means gwaan (occur) for it however when mi attain Jamaica, Beres sey to mi, ‘Willie, I need yuh do one thing with mi later’,” Lindo recalled.
Hammond took him club-hopping and Lindo noticed firsthand the group response to What One Dance Can Do.
“When dem (membership DJ) put it on everyone rise up an’ dance. From that point, mi notice sey one thing a guh gwaan,” mentioned Lindo.
“What One Dance Can Do” was a monster hit and one of many greatest reggae songs for 1985. Whereas Hammond had well-received songs like One Step Forward and I’m in Love, they had been soul ballads that appealed to conservative Jamaicans.
‘One Dance’ made him a dancehall star in Jamaica and the Diaspora and he has by no means regarded again. For the following 20 years, ‘Cudjoe’ dominated the charts with a flood of hit songs that earned him the title of ‘King of Lovers Rock ‘.
That got here after years of preventing within the trenches for recognition as a solo act and as lead singer of Zap Pow, a progressive reggae band that included bassist Mikey Williams and guitarist Dwight Pinkney.
Beres Hammond might be headliner for Finest Of The Finest Live performance at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on Could 29. The next are a few of the songs he’s more likely to carry out.
Beres Hammond Better of the Finest Songs
One Step Forward (1979) — Produced by Willie Lindo and written by Harold Butler, this timeless ballad is from the Lindo-produced Soul Reggae album.
Step Apart Now (1991) — Beres exhibits his bravado on this rocker, achieved to the beat of Dennis Walks’ Drifter. Produced by Rodguel “Black Beard” Sinclair.
Who Say (with Buju Banton, 1992) — The instructor and the coed rock on this excellent ‘mixture’ for Donovan Germain’s Penthouse Information.
Stay On (with Marcia Griffiths, 1992) — Each king wants a queen. Marcia and Beres gave this Penthouse Information music the royal remedy.
Double Hassle (1993) — A intelligent recollection of staying out late and sneaking again in with out the spouse figuring out. Produced by Steely and Clevie.
Placing up Resistance (1993) — A working-class anthem, Beres wails about conserving his head above water on this Tappa Zukie manufacturing.
Rock Away (1995) — The singer remembers his heroes, from Otis Redding to The Spinners and Dennis Brown, on this self-produced, easy-listening gem.
Can’t Cease A Man (1995) — Lovers rock at its most interesting. Produced by Beres for his Concord Home label.
They Gonna Discuss (2001) — Beres tells his woman love to not thoughts the gossip. Love is inevitable. One other winner for Concord Home.
I Really feel Good (2008) — Beres at his amorous finest. A Penthouse Information manufacturing.
Combat This Feeling (with Shaggy, 2013) — Mr. Boombastic reached out to Beres on this toe-tapper which is pushed by the melody of Dennis Brown’s Sitting And Watching. Recorded for Shaggy’s Ranch Leisure.