with co-host Roger Steffens for Doug’s 3rd annual year’s end Midnight Dread special in 1981. Roger talks about the song Marley set for release upon his passing. After a few seasonal tunes it’s all killer-no filler ’81 in review
with great tracks and artists, new and old. The Mighty Diamonds sing live over an unusual niyahbingi rhythm recorded at KCRW on Steffens & Hank Holmes’ Reggae Beat show in Santa Monica the previous Sunday.
This is the first time this program has been heard since the night of its original dreadcast. Mon-datory. Mikey Dread’s 1981 masterwork with Earl 16 “Mr. D.J.” is just one of many tough and tight highlights. 1981 was a great year for reggae despite the shocking loss of Bob Marley. The music was primed to explode internationally with the right opportunities, attitudes, persistence, and follow-thru that Bob had laid down perfect pavement for. Part II with Roger next week.
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Last week’s Midnight Dread vintage program is an all request special featuring several listener’s Top 5 Reggae Songs of All Time playlists sent in via postcards for prizes & an overall Top 5 to be compiled & aired later. Dreadcasting over the air since 1979 & online since 1996 dreader 21st Century Midnight Dread programs air daily at 12am including replays often heard in his Best of All Worlds high noon slot and where one can also become conscious at 6am with the indigenous sounds of Native Son Rising, all curated by Doug everyday, all times Pacific. Many more Midnight Dread sights & sounds here and on this blog’s Midnight Dread page.
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