RIP John Holt

Sad news today as the world lost reggae legend John Holt.  He started as a member of the Paragons, and then continued as a solo artist in what would become a stellar career.  One of his most well known songs was “The Tide is High” recorded in 1967, although most people know the cover version of it done by Blondie in the 80’s.


My personal favorite John Holt track of all time has to be “Police in Helicopter” which has an amazing hook and riddim:

My introduction to this tune however was from a sample on a Drum and Bass/Jungle track by Rebel MC I believe, although it may have been someone else as I’m sure this hook has been sampled many, many times:

Rest in peace John, and keep burnin’ down those cane fields wherever you are!

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