Folkes Brothers

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The Folkes Brothers were a Jamaican reggae group, composed of John, Mico, and Junior Folkes, best known for the single "Oh Carolina".

History[edit]

The group's 1960 single "Oh Carolina" was the first hit record produced by Prince Buster, and is regarded as a landmark in the history of ska and reggae music. John Folkes, the author of the song, received a certificate from the Jamaican Government dated 1984, which recognized "Oh Carolina" as the first-ever reggae song.

In 1994, John Folkes and Buster were involved in a legal dispute over the authorship of the song, after a cover version by Shaggy became an international hit.[1][2] It was eventually ruled by the High Court in London, England, that Folkes held the copyright.[1][3] Later, Folkes assigned the copyright to Greensleeves so that Shaggy's Pure Pleasure album could be released. This included listing Henry Mancini as co-author because it was alleged that Shaggy sampled the "Peter Gunn" theme song.

The group recorded an album with Jah D replacing John Folkes in 2011.[1]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Oh Carolina" (1960)

Albums[edit]

  • Don't Leave Me Darling (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jamaican Records Fill R&B Gap", Jamaica Gleaner, 20 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014
  2. ^ "The Folkes Brothers Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 21 July 2014
  3. ^ Moskowitz, David V. (2006) Caribbean Popular Music: An Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33158-8, p. 113-4