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Stranger & Patsy

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Stranger Cole was born Wilburn Theodore Cole in 1945 in Kingston, Jamaica, receiving the nickname “Stranger” because he resembled no one else in his family.

Cole began his recording career with producer Duke Reid, scoring a hit with his 1962 debut, “Rough & Tough,” a full-tilt ska number with a wild harmonica solo. His Louis Jordan revival song, “Run Joe,” was a hit in 1965, and featured members of the Techniques on harmony vocals.

Stranger frequently used duet partners, most notably Millicent “Patsy” Todd and Ken Boothe, and later in his career, Gladstone Anderson (their version of “Just Like a River” is one of Cole’s finest songs), stemming from an apparent shyness in the studio, but Cole developed into a soulful vocalist, and his songs radiate a kid of joyful personality that is rare in most reggae.

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  • skacutter2

    If you love Ska & Jamaican Music, check out the trailer for, The Legends of Ska, featuring The Skatalites, Prince Buster, Derrick Morgan and much more. Stranger and Patsy are reunited. Be a part of bringing this film to the world. Go to http://kck.st/dKqhL5

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • wingsoftoast

    boo! no 'yeah yeah baby'...

    7 Feb 2011 Reply

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