Entertainment

Hal Anthony adds flavour to classic

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!


The late 1960s were an exciting time musically in Jamaica. During that period, budding singer Hal Anthony moved from rural Frankfield, Clarendon, to Kingston, the country's music hub.

One of the songs that caught his attention early was John Jones (You Son of A Gun), a big hit for singer Rudy Mills in 1968. Anthony, who recently covered it, told the Jamaica Observer that his version was a long time coming.

“I always love di song because of di lyrics. Is something dat happen to a whole heap a man,” he said. “So mi sey, 'yuh know wha, mi a go check Willie'.”

'Willie' is Willie Lindo, who produced ' John Jones' for his Heavy Beat Records. That South Florida-based company has guided numerous hit songs, including Inseparable by Dennis Brown, Boris Gardiner's I Wanna Wake up With You and Wayne Wade's Love You Too Much.

The original was produced by Derrick Harriott, who is credited as co-writer with Mills.

Initially, Anthony thought of recording John Jones with The Tennors, the rocksteady group of which he has been a member for the past five years. He eventually did it solo, but recruited fellow Tennors Clive Murphy and Howard Sinclair for harmonies.

“Wi didn't change too much [from the original] but di sound is bigger an' it come out alright,” he said.

Anthony, who was once a member of vocal group The Beltones, is also a long-time South Florida resident. He is founder, rhythm guitarist and vocalist with the Millennium Band, a unit that has backed Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Lady Saw, Glen Washington and Sanchez on shows in that region.

His previous solo project was the tribute album, Hal Anthony Sings The Gladiators' Greatest Hits, which was released in 2017. He performed with The Tennors at the Stars R Us show in Kingston in February.

— Howard Campbell


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT