Rocksteady

Rocksteady originated in Jamaica around 1967.

The story i was always told, was that the summer of '67 was too hot for people to dance the ska at the local dances, so the musicians began to slow the pace down. whether this is true or not, i don't know, but it makes a great story.

A successor of ska and a precursor to reggae, Rocksteady was the dominant style of music in Jamaica for nearly two years, used by all artists recording at the time, many of whom would go on to help establish reggae.

Rocksteady is often referred to as the golden era of Jamaican music. One of the key features of Rocksteady is the harmonies on vocals. Their have been some glorious voice combinations formed through Rocksteady.

The term rocksteady comes from a popular (slower) dance style that matched the new sound, mentioned in the Alton Ellis song 'Rocksteady'.


We absolutely love playing Rocksteady Some of our most treasured and rare singles are Rocksteady