Stir It Up

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"Stir It Up"
Stir It Up - Johnny Nash.jpg
Single by Johnny Nash
from the album I Can See Clearly Now
B-side"Cream Puff"
Released15 January 1973[1]
GenreRocksteady (proto-reggae)
Songwriter(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
LabelWail'n Soul'm
Songwriter(s)Bob Marley
Producer(s)Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley & The Wailers singles chronology
"Dog Teeth"
"Stir It Up"
"Concrete Jungle"

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

The Wailers performed "Stir It Up" on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973 during their first trip to the UK.[2]

"Stir It Up" was Marley's first successful song outside Jamaica. Another tune 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.

Chart history (Johnny Nash cover)[edit]

The Black Sorrows' version[edit]

"Stir It Up"
Single by The Black Sorrows
from the album The Chosen Ones - Greatest Hits
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1993 (1993-09-01)
GenreBlues rock
Songwriter(s)Bob Marley
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 #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)[10] 58
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 53
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 20


  1. ^ "Johnny Nash - Stir It up".
  2. ^ The Old Grey Whistle Test (DVD). Warner Home Video. 2003.
  3. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, May 5, 1973
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Stir It Up". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 171.
  7. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 13, 2017). "Image : RPM Weekly".
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  9. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 29, 1973". Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  11. ^ "The Black Sorrows – Stir It Up" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Black Sorrows – Stir It Up". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 5, 2016.