Stir It Up

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"Stir It Up"
Single by Johnny Nash
from the album I Can See Clearly Now
B-side "Cream Puff"
Released March 31, 1972
Format 7" single
Genre Reggae
Length 2:58
Label Epic
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Johnny Nash singles chronology
"Stir It Up"
"I Can See Clearly Now"
"Stir It Up"
Single by Bob Marley & The Wailers
from the album Catch a Fire
Released 1973
Format 7"
Recorded 1972
Label Wail'n Soul'm
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Producer(s) Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley & The Wailers singles chronology
"Freedom Time"
"Stir It Up"
"This Train"

"Stir It Up" is a song composed by Bob Marley in 1967 and first recorded by his group The Wailers that year and issued as a single. The song was subsequently covered by American singer Johnny Nash on his 1972 album I Can See Clearly Now album. The next year, Marley and the Wailers re-recorded the song for their album Catch a Fire.

The Wailers performed the song on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973 during their first trip to the UK.[1]

"Stir It Up" was Marley's first successful song outside Jamaica. Another song written by Bob Marley, "I Shot The Sheriff", was made a hit by Eric Clapton on the album 461 Ocean Boulevard, July 1974. Marley's first "own" international hit, "No Woman No Cry", was released on the Bob Marley and the Wailers album Live!, December 1975.

The Black Sorrows' version[edit]

"Stir It Up"
Single by The Black Sorrows
from the album The Chosen Ones - Greatest Hits
Released September 1, 1993 (1993-09-01)
Format CD single
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:34
Label CBS
Producer(s) Joe Camilleri
The Black Sorrows singles chronology
"Sweet Inspiration"
"Stir It Up"
"Snake Skin Shoes"

In September 1993, Australian band The Black Sorrows released a version of the song. It became a hit, peaking at number 20 in New Zealand, the band's highest charting single in that territory. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1994, Joe Camilleri was nominated for Producer of the Year for his work on this song, losing out to Tony Cohen.

Track listing[edit]

CD single (Columbia 660 105-2)
  1. "Stir It Up" – 3:34
  2. "Ain't Love the Strangest Thing" (acoustic) – 4:10
  3. "Come On, Come On" (acoustic) – 2:50


Chart (1993–94) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 58
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 53
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 20

Other cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ The Old Grey Whistle Test (DVD). Warner Home Video. 2003. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  3. ^ " – The Black Sorrows – Stir It Up". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  4. ^ " – The Black Sorrows – Stir It Up". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  5. ^ Gordon, Diane (January 1999). "Gilberto Gil - Quanta Live". Jazz Times.