Cool Collie - Hopeton Lewis

from the forthcoming album Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat (2015)

On September 4, 2014 Hopeton Lewis died of kidney failure in Brooklyn, New York at the age of 66.

Lost on too many music lovers is his contribution to the world of reggae music.  Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Hopeton Lewis recorded some of the greatest rocksteady tunes of the late 1960's and early 1970's.  These songs are some of the finest this genre ever produced.

In a few weeks, a compilation of these dongs - Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat - will be released.  This is an essential album for your record collection.

The collection includes Cool Collie, a 1967 song noted as being the first Jamaican song to endorse smoking marijuana.  For those unfamiliar, the Urban Dictionary defines Collie as "some dank ass marijuana" and offer its use in the sentence: "Raymond smoked collie weed on his wedding night.  It got him high as shit."

Subject matter aside, this song is mesmerizing to listen to.  The relaxed tempo.  The rhythm guitar track.  The tone of the lead guitar.  The clean vocals.  The way the vocals go low for the hook line.  It is good schooling for anyone interested in playing or producing reggae music.  I hope you dig it.

Click Here to listen to Cool Collie.