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Ken Boothe

Ken Boothe

1948 -

Origin: Jamaica

Main instrument: Vocal

Genre: Reggae

Rocksteady great Ken Boothe won his first singing contest at the age of eight. Already a star for his string of successful recordings with the Studio One label, the 20-year-old released his aptly titled debut album, Mr. Rock Steady, in 1968. Six years later, his single Everything I Own went to number one on the British charts. The singer's soulful, gritty vocals and sure-footed swagger quickly earned him the reputation as a Jamaican Wilson Pickett. Three decades later, Boothe's appeal continues to attract admirers; artists from Boy George to UB40 to Shaggy have covered his recordings.

2009 Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 9 p.m.
Scène General Motors

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