Sun of Jamaica
|"Sun of Jamaica"|
|Single by Goombay Dance Band|
|from the album Sun of Jamaica|
|Genre||Euro disco, schlager|
|Songwriter(s)||Ekkehard Stein & Wolfgang Jass|
|Goombay Dance Band singles chronology|
"Sun of Jamaica" is a song performed by German group Goombay Dance Band, written by Ekkehard Stein and Wolfgang Jass. The song was released at the end of 1979, and subsequently included on their debut album, Sun of Jamaica.
The lyrics recount the narrator's desire to visit Jamaica after seeing Mutiny on the Bounty as a boy. He explicitly mentions Marlon Brando in the lyrics, thus referring to the 1962 film version. When he visits, he falls in love with a woman, and vows to later return to be with her. The song was highly successful across Europe, reaching number 1 in no less than five countries. Goombay Dance Band have re-recorded the track a number of times later in their career.
- 7" Single (1979)
- A. "Sun of Jamaica" – 4:22
- B. "Island of Dreams" – 3:26
Charts and certifications
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||1|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||1|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||1|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||1|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||19|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||3|
|United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)||50|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- German singer Tony Holiday recorded a German version of the song in 1980, "Nie mehr allein sein".
- In 1980, Czech singer Helena Vondráčková covered the song as "Léto je léto", which was a minor hit.
- In 1983, German cross-culture band Cusco released an instrumental version of the song on their album Virgin Islands.
- In 1980, Argentinian Jairo (singer) reached Number one in France with a French version (Le Jardins du Ciel), he also recorded a spanish version called "Nuestro Amor Será un Himno", which was a top 10 hit in Argentina.
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