July 16, 2011, at 10:50 am

The 100 greatest Rocksteady tunes #18

The Melodians – Swing And Dine (Sonia Pottinger production)

The Melodians were Tony Brevett, Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton, they first recorded for Coxsone in 1966 then moved to Treasure Isle and then to Sonia Pottinger. They had two big hits for the latter, Little Nut Tree and, of course, Swing And Dine.

“I can’t believe you want to leave so soon, the parties just begun now don’t go away…swing and dine and dance for your money…” this is one of my favourite rocksteady sing-a-long tunes. It’s also another supreme example, if any more were needed, of rocksteady harmony vocals.

The Melodians went into the 70’s with a string of hit singles such as Sweet Sensation and Rivers Of Babylon for Leslie Kong but this was undoubtedly one of their finest moments.

Swing And Dine should still be available of the 1990’s Heartbeat CD The Melodians – Swing And Dine.


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