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Song of the Month | Althea and Donna

Summer has come so you will “see me in me heel n’thing” to quote this month’s song.

Yes since we’re all feeling like we’re basking in the hot Caribbean sun, even though you’re really in Basingstoke, so here is a little Jamaican treat tastier than festival, which is very nice by the way, in the form of “Uptown Top Ranking” by Althea and Donna.

The young Jamaican singers, Althea Forrest and Donna Reid, were only in their teens when their record, which samples the 1967 Alton Ellis song “I’m Still In Love” and is a response to the deejay track “Three Piece Suit” by Trinity, went to number one in 1978.

The song is about young girls who go out uptown and basically looking good and know it.

Unfortunately Althea and Donna were a one hit wonder and never followed up the success of Uptown Top Ranking but there’s still a place for them in my top ten.


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