Ken Boothe

Ken Boothe

reggae, rocksteady, roots reggae, jamaica, roots

Ken Boothe's (born 1948 in Kingston, Jamaica) is known as "Mr Rocksteady" for his prominence during the musical period 1966-1974 and was a major idol for the to-be members of UB40. Boothe started by recording a version of Sandie Shaw's "Puppet on a String" in 1967. Later the same year, Boothe and Alton Ellis had a successful U.K. tour with the group The Soul Vendors. Under new direction from record producer Lloyd Chalmers, the song "Everything I Own" surprisingly was Number One in the UK in 1974.

Mr. Rock Steady [1968]
  • 1. Puppet On a String (3:01)
  • 2. I Don't Wan't To See You Cry (3:01)
  • 3. Don't Cry Little Girl (2:53)
  • 4. Let The Water Dry (2:57)
  • 5. My Heart Is Gone (3:08)
  • 6. Feel Good "Hold Them" (3:08)
  • 7. The Girl I Left Behind (3:31)
  • 8. Home, Home, Home (2:58)
  • 9. This is Rock Steady (2:35)
  • 10. Give Me Back My Heart (2:52)
  • 11. Mustang Sally (4:05)
  • 12. Give Me The Right (3:52)