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(Pop Music) a type of West Indian pop music of the 1960s; a precursor of reggae
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Jamaican popular music that is a blend of folk music, calypso, rhythm and blues, and jazz.
[1960–65; of obscure orig.]
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Still there was a newer, more distinctive sound that was also played at those parties at Our Mom's - that of Blue Beat records. Influenced by American Blues though they were, these Blue Beat songs were yet a Jamaican phenomenon.
The precursor of ska and thus reggae, it was those Blue Beat records that a few years later would lead me as a young teenager to Prince Buster and Al Capone, Eric Donaldson and Cherry oh Baby and other ska and reggae artists.
And for that I thank my late Uncle Johnny Brown - for it was he who brought to Mom and Dads' parties the Blue Beat records he had bought in Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, when he was home visiting his mother.