7-inch series, part 535 – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires / Richard Ace

Byron Lee & The Dragonaires / Richard Ace – Live and Let Die / Stayin’ Alive
label: Dynamite Soul
year: 2008
side a: Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – Live and Let Die
side b:
Richard Ace – Stayin’ Alive |
Two curious covers by a couple of true veterans of ska – both Byron Lee (who past away last November) and Richard Ace were there when ska started. The first recording his first single at Edward Seaga‘s WIRL studio in 1959, the latter being the pianist during the very first ska experiments at Sir Coxsone Dodd‘s studio. The A-side is a reggaefied version of Macca‘s James Bond theme song “Live and Let Die”, the B-side a Jamaican take on The Bee Gees“Stayin’ Alive”.
Funny detail: The Dragonaires were the hotel band playing in Dr. No, the very first Bond film.

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