Reggae Progenitors: Dandy Livingstone – Rudy, A Message To You (The Specials)

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Folks of my vintage are more familiar with the 1979 version by Coventry UK’s The Specials. Dandy Livingstone released the original version in 1967 on the Ska Beat label. You don’t have to listen too closely to hear the familiar sound of Rico Rodriguez‘ trombone in the mix.

Stop your fooling around
Time to straighten right out
Better think of your future
‘Else you’ll wind up in jail.

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