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The Slickers


Derrick Crooks (b. 1937, Westmoreland, Jamaica, Western world Indies) originally performed alongside his sibling Sidney and Glen Adams within the embryonic Pioneers in 1962. The group released their debut, ‘Sometime’, in 1965 for manufacturer Leslie Kong, before signing up for Ken Lack’s Caltone organization. As the Pioneers’ profession obtained momentum, Crooks pursued his documenting profession alongside a variety of vocalists. He enrolled various other singers and jointly they performed because the Slickers. The Pioneers and Slickers had been often recognised incorrectly as one another for their related vocal stylings. The Slickers’ debut launch, ‘Nana’, made by Neremiah Reid, was a industrial achievement in Jamaica and flourished within the burgeoning UK reggae marketplace. By 1969 the group had been saving with Leslie Kong, who released the favorite ‘Work Fatty’ along with Joe Gibbs, who released ‘Mom Matty’, alongside the cautionary ‘Guy Beware’. In 1970 the Slickers documented with Byron Lee, who’s credited because the maker from the group’s recognized hit, ‘Johnny As well Poor’. The tune was presented within the soundtrack towards the Harder They Arrive (based on the recording’s sensationalist liner-notes, among the authors was reputed to get gone underground as the additional was on loss of life row!). The group released sporadic strikes to the middle-70s, including ‘Battle Against The Regulation’ and ‘St Jago De La Vega’. In 1978, ‘Johnny As well Poor’ was revitalized by Bunny Wailer and was included on the unfortunately underratedProtest.

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Full Name The Slickers
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Songs Johnny Too Bad, Dreams to Remember, Zion Calling, Give Us a Break, You Can't Win, Man Beware, I Want to Take a Chance, Frying Pan, Every Wolf, Many Rivers to Cross, African Children, Instru 1, Instru 2, Instru 3, Papa Was a Rolling Stone, Get Up Stand Up, Il mondo a rovescio, Cus Cus, People In The Neibourghood, Mother Matty, People in the Neighbourhood, Too Experienced, Man Is Going to Eat Man, I Shot the Sheriff, One Upon a Time, Marcus, Run Comes, Black People, Boogie on Reggae Woman, Shake, Rattle´n´Roll, Help Me, Mother and Child Reunion
Albums Many Rivers to Cross, Breakthrough

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The Big Bounce 2004 performer: "Johnny Too Bad"
Breakdown 1974 performer: "Johnny Too Bad" - uncredited
If Mother Could See Me Now 1974 performer: "Johnny Too Bad" - uncredited
The Harder They Come 1972 performer: "Johnny Too Bad"



The Harder They Come 1972

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