Reggae Covers: Alton Ellis & the Heptones – Only Sixteen (Sam Cooke)

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Popularized in the United States by Sam Cooke’s 1958 hit and released to great acclaim in 1959 in the UK by Craig Douglas, this Alton Ellis & the Heptones cover of this cheerful, upbeat classic hit Kingston airwaves in 1967.

She was only sixteen, only sixteen
With eyes that would glow
But she was too young to fall in love
And I was too young to know

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