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With the classic recordings “Baby Why” and “What Kind of World” the legendary Jamaican harmony vocal group The Cables secured their place in music history. It was in 1968 when the group rocketed to stardom when Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd took them into Studio One recording studios. Founded by lead vocalist Keble Drummond, along with harmony singers, Vince Stoddart, tenor, and Elbert “Stewie” Stewart, baritone, the Cables brought with them the lyrics and the upbeat, lilting melody of “Baby Why”. The tune was a sensation on the Jamaican sound system circuit before being released on Coxsone’s Studio One label where it soon established itself as the number one hit on all charts for four weeks. Also recorded on the same session was “What Kind of World,” a Vince Stoddart composition.
Coxsone continued as The Cables’ producer, and the result was a long string of consistently strong tracks. The Cables first LP, “What Kind of World”, released in 1970, is a compilation of their Studio One achievements. Since then the album was re-released on Heartbeat Records in 1987 and is now a steady international seller in CD format. “Baby Why” is the first track on Heartbeat’s sought after “Best of Studio One” disk, and “What Kind of World” is featured on Heartbeat’s “Full Up, More Hits From Studio One”. The tunes are entrenched in Jamaican music consciousness as the rhythm tracks have been revitalized by dee jays such as Dennis Alcapone and Prince Jazzbo, as well as other vocal groups and singers, including the Gladiators, The Mighty Diamonds, Freddie MacGregor, Sanchez, Morgan Heritage and Barrington Levy.
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