Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica around 1966. A successor to ska, and a precursor to reggae, rocksteady was performed by Jamaican vocal harmony groups such as The Gaylads, The Maytals and The Paragons. The term rocksteady comes from a dance style that was mentioned in the Alton Ellis song "Rock Steady". Dances performed to rocksteady were less energetic than the earlier ska dances. The first international rocksteady hit was "Hold Me Tight" (no. 5 in UK and U.S.) with the American soul singer Johnny Nash (1968).


Desmond Dekker - Sabotage


Rocksteady The Roots Of Reggae Trailer


Alton & Hortense Ellis - "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"


NSU Quickly motorcycle


This Is Ska - Traditional Ska And Rocksteady (Festival)



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  • parkydoodles 5y

    awesome design!!

    This design is ROCKING!!
    I love it --great color composition and details!
    I like the eyes t00 - pretty cool!
  • Michael Thompson 5y

    Parkydoodles: thanks P.
    Big thanks Fania, I appreciate vibe.
  • lavaboy2 5y

    Lovely. Your talent and blessed skills continue to amaze me. I appreciate you dropping the Rock Steady knowledge for us.

    P.S. Do you happen to know if the Rock Steady Crew breakdancers (NYC) acquired their name from this genre of music? It may have derived from a b-boy slang (?).
  • RasMarley 5y

    Top notch. Your posters, unlike many I've seen, are genuine works of art.
  • Michael Thompson 5y

    Lavaboy2: I do not know the history of the Rock Steady crew breakdancers. What I do know is that early Jamaican immigrants to the Bronx in the 1950s and 1960 introduced "Toasting" and "Soundsystem" to America. Chatting, Toasting or Rapping over a record by a DJ is a Jamaican creation that goes back to that period. Throwing down rhyme over a rhythm was in full swing by the late sixtes in Jamaica, toasters like Alcapone and U-Roy were rapping/toasting on records in Jamaica, Hip hop music was not born yet. Toasters like King Stitt and Count Machuki were popular Toasters in Kingston Jamaica as early as 1950. In the 1970 a Jamaican immigrant in the Bronx by the name of DJ Cool Herc is accredited for starting Hip-Hop.
  • RasMarley 5y

    Jamaica has been remarkably cutting edge considering its very small size. I've noticed that some trends in clothing style also originated inna yard.
  • lavaboy2 5y

    Thanks Michael. Yes, DJ Cool Herc is a huge Hip-Hop pioneer . I can't wait to do some research on the "Toasters" from back in the day. I saved some of the links you provided in your previous posts. All the respect to you.
  • Michael Thompson 5y

    True Ras Marley: I agree with you totally, we have always influenced others on the cutting edge of style and fashion. Mods and skinheads come to mind from the past, the fashion statement of Rastafarians have made an even bigger impact.
  • Michael Thompson 5y

    Lavaboy2: Please get a copy of the book "The Rough Guide to Reggae 3" (Rough Guide Music Guides) (Rough Guide Reference), it's a good place to start. Loads of information.
  • Oktay Nikseresht 5y

    i like it..............
  • barrybar 5y

    Truly, the good, old days!
  • Michael Thompson 5y

    Barry do you remember the Quickly motorcycle? It was sort of bicycle/motorcycle all wrapped in one.
  • Hank 5y

    Man, your style, too cool.
  • Ellen G 5y

    Luv this series!!!
  • prettypashmina 5y

    really cool! :)
  • melikak_65 5y

    hi, i like ur work.I am graphic designer too.
    pls give ur yahoo id or another id,or face book link.
    thanx and best regard
  • no existe un nombre real 5y

    luv this you make
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