Reggae was first developed in Jamaica in the 1960′s. It is a mix of the ska and rock-steady genres of music. It is known for its social criticism in songs, but some artists have made happy and upbeat music as well. No one can mistake a reggae song, with its rhythmic guitar sounds, slower tempo and drum emphasis that comes on the third beat. The music is so infectious and influential, that even rock bands like The Beatles added a little reggae to their songs including “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da” which came out in 1968. One of the most recognized and influential bands was The Wailers, which was a band started by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in 1963. Some other notable artists that helped change the face of music are Reggae pioneers Jackie Mittoo and Winston Wright.
Eric Clapton brought Reggae music to the American mainstream when he covered the song “I Shot The Sheriff”, which was originally done by Bob Marley. Bob Marley is one of the most recognizable names in the Reggae music industry. Marley and Peter Tosh are known as “Roots Reggae” artists, and they dominated the Jamaican recordings from about 1972 to the early 1980′s.
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