Walk Good, John Holt

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The Jamaican music fraternity had yet reason to mourn yesterday as news reached the island that another reggae legend, John Holt, had passed away. Holt, popular for hits such as Love I Can Feel, Stick by Me, and If I Were A Carpenter, had been battling ill health for some time now and seems to have worsened since August when he collapsed on stage at the One Love Concert in England.

John Kenneth Holt started his musical career in 1963 with I Cried a Tear, a record produced by Leslie Kong. However, his prominence locally came as the lead singer of The Paragons. They recorded several hit records like Ali Baba, Tonight and I See Your Face for producer Duke Reid at his Treasure Isle Studio. He left the group to focus on his solo career in the 1970s. His song Stick by Me, was perhaps Holt’s biggest success, and in 1972, it went on to become the biggest selling Jamaican record for that year.

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Holt released some 40 solo studio albums over the course of his illustrious career, including A Love I Can Feel (1970), Up Park Camp (1976), For Lovers and Dancers (1984), and Peacemaker (1993). We’ve compiled a list of some of his most popular hits.

  1. Love I Can Feel
  2. Stick by Me
  3. If I Were A Carpenter
  4. Man Next Door
  5. Stealing Stealing
  6. Doctor Love
  7. Memories By the Score
  8. The Tide Is High
  9. Rain From the Sky
  10. Ali Baba
  11. Strange Things
  12. Sweetie Come Brush Me
  13. On the Beach
  14. Wear You to the Ball
  15. Queen of the Ghetto
  16. Up Park Camp

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to share your favourites with us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.