The Beat was formed in Birmingham, England, in 1978, during a period of high unemployment and social upheaval in the United Kingdom. Ranking Roger, one of the band’s vocalists, added a Jamaican vocal flavour to the band’s sound with his toasting style.
Jamaican saxophonist Saxa added a Jamaican ska instrumental sound. Saxa (born Lionel Augustus Martin in 1930) had played saxophone with Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, and Desmond Dekker in the first wave of ska.
He joined The Beat to record their first single, “Tears of a Clown”, a cover version of the Motown hit by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he wants legislators to change residency rules so New Jersey Transit can hire more engineers to address a shortage. (more…)
FRANKLIN, N.J. (AP) — A woman who was breastfeeding her 2-year-old daughter at a New Jersey pond when an employee called the police because she wasn’t covered up might file a lawsuit. (more…)
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Transit officials are on the hot seat over dozens of recent train cancellations. (more…)
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