Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Shake Spears - Summertime 7" (1978)
...now here's something I've never seen addressed in any ska article. I can't find any info anywhere mainly because I don't know what to search for.
What is the origin of the ska chick-i-chick scatting? Is there a name for this sound?
What's the earliest use of it?
My guess is that it stemmed from Billy Stewart's version of the Gershwin song "Summertime". He recorded it in '65 and it was released in '66.
Prince Buster recorded "Don't Throw Stones" in '66.
Is there a link here? I'm just speculating without any foundation. If you know please set me straight.
Here's Billy Stewart.The sound in question is at :41 and again at 4:20
Here's The Prince making the sound his own
...anyway, here's a mod/ska single for you.
A - Summertime
B - What Happened
HERE's a Shake Spears bio (in French)
...thanks to Paul for the link