Keith & Tex

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Keith & Tex
Origin Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica
Genres Rocksteady
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1966–1970, 1997
Labels Crystal, Island
Members Keith Rowe
Texas Dixon

Keith & Tex were the Jamaican rocksteady duo of Keith Rowe and Texas Dixon, best known for their 1967 hit "Stop That Train".

History[edit]

Keith Rowe (born Keith Barrington Rowe) grew up in the Washington Gardens area of Saint Andrew Parish, across the road from Lee "Scratch" Perry's home and future studio, on the outskirts of Kingston.[1] He was introduced to Dixon, who was from the same area, and formed a duo. They soon began auditioning for local producers but were rejected by Prince Buster, Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid, eventually finding success with Derrick Harriott.[1] Working with Harriott, they recorded a series of singles in the late 1960s, including "Stop That Train" (a cover of The Spanishtonians' ska hit), "Tonight", "This Is My Song", "Don't Look Back" (a cover of The Temptations' song), and "Let Me Be the One".[2] They ceased working together in 1970 with both emigrating with their families - Rowe to The United States and Dixon to Canada.[2] Rowe joined the US Army in 1972, staying in for twenty years, but also found time for music, recording as a solo artist, working with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry, releasing tracks such as "Groovy Situation" and "Living My Life", and recording further singles in the US, including a few on his own KEBAR label.[1][3][4]

Rowe and Dixon reunited for some live shows and released a new album in 1997. Rowe later presented the Sounds of the Caribbean radio show on WBZC.[5]

Their version of "Stop That Train" formed the basis of deejay Scotty's "Draw Your Brakes", which featured in the film The Harder They Come,[6] and Big Youth's "Cool Breeze".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Stop That Train, Crystal
  • Together Again (1997)
  • Redux (2013)

Singles[edit]

  • "Tonight" (1967), Island
  • "Stop That Train" (1967). Island
  • "Hypnotizing Eyes" (1968), Island
  • "This Is My Song" (1968)
  • "Don't Look Back" (1968)
  • "Let Me be The One" (1968)
  • "Tighten Up Your Gird" (1969), Explosion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Peter I "Don't Look Back - Interview with Keith Rowe", reggae-vibes.com, retrieved 2011-02-27
  2. ^ a b 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. 88
  3. ^ Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) The Rough Guide to Reggae, 3rd edn., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4, p. 176
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 151-2
  5. ^ Bodnar, Jason (2006) "And the Beat Goes On: WBZC disc jockey Keith Rowe enjoyed early musical success in Jamaica", Burlington County Times, 14 August 2006, p. 3,7D
  6. ^ Walker, Klive (2005) Dubwise: Reasoning from the Reggae Underground, Insomniac Press, ISBN 978-1-894663-96-0, p. 217