The Uniques - Absolutely Rocksteady
Give Me A Love
You Lied To Me
Let's Get Together
Stand Up And Fight
People Rock Steady
Facts Of Life
Trying Hard To Find A Home
Blinded By Love
You Don't Care (You'll Want Me Back)
Love & Devotion
Let Me Go Girl
I'll Let You Go (Let Me Go Boy)
Where Do I Turn
Have Pity On Me
Build My World
The Beatitude (Version Two)
|"Before the Wailers hit
the most popular group was The Techniques with Slim Smith..."
Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd
"Slim, who grew up in the West Street area of Kingston, started singing at an early age. He formed his group The Techniques who are remembered for such hits as 'Little Did You Know', 'Place Called Love' and more..." Tony Mack
"Slim Smith was a part of a group with Winston Riley named The Techniques and I said 'I'm going to form my own group named The Uniques' and Keithy (Slim Smith) also used to sing with The Sensations. The first Uniques was Derrick Morgan, Ken Boothe and Slim Smith... they sung the harmonies on (sings) 'People get ready to do rock steady...' that's the first Uniques tune. 'People Get Ready To Do Rock Steady'... that was the first tune I recorded with Slim Smith. Ken Boothe and Derrick Morgan sang the harmony. You'd have to say they were the first Uniques. Through Slim used to sing lead with The Techniques I came up with the name The Uniques. Them days you'd have to think!" Bunny 'Striker' Lee
"After three years Slim left the group and formed yet another group The Uniques and quickly they were Jamaica's Number One group with hits like... 'Do Rock Steady'... 'Let Me Go Girl'... and 'My Conversation'. They stayed at the top of the charts." Tony Mack
"Lloyd Charmers came in when we did 'Let Me Go Girl'... the second one that mashed up the place was 'Let Me Go Girl' and BB Seaton and Lloyd Charmers were singing on that one... and when the tune came out it was the baddest tune for 1967... it became a monster hit everywhere in Jamaica! Lynford 'Andy Capp' Anderson mixed and mastered it. You know (sings) 'Girl you hold me trying to control me...' Then we did a Dawn Penn piece like it was the answer to it (sings) 'Boy me never hold you...'" Bunny 'Striker' Lee
"At The Carib Theatre, The state Theatre, The regal Theatre and the Music Union we stole the show from any other group performing and, on one memorable occasion, from The Wailers where Bob Marley threatened Slim Smith..." Jimmy Riley
"So The Uniques officially were Slim Smith and Lloyd Charmers and the original 'My Conversation' was just Slim Smith and Lloyd Charmers. When I formed The Uniques Jimmy riley wasn't in it... Lloyd Charmers did bring him in. Jimmy Riley used to work at a bauxite company and him and Charmers were friends." Bunny 'Striker' Lee
"Me and Slim were friends from our school days together at Kingston senior School. Lloyd hailed from Trench Town, I was from Jones Town and Slim lived at the corner of Beeston Street and Orange Street opposite Coxsone's Muzik City Record Shop." Jimmy Riley
"I started with Lynn Taitt but then everybody used him and Lynn Taitt started getting dear. He remained my friend but he was so in demand that I then worked with a little guy named Bobby Aitken and The Carib Beats and I did 'My Conversation' and all them things with them. I had to relax with Bobby because I couldn't afford Lynn Taitt although he was the man who started me off...
I came to see Dave Betteridge at Island... he went to give me money and I said 'No man. Better you give me some instruments!' and he bought me a set of instruments that I carried down. Bobby Aitken got a Gretsch guitar... when Bobby Aitken started they used to make their own instruments. These guys couldn't afford to buy a guitar so when I carried back guitars and amplifiers for them they were so glad 'cause now that Bobby Aitken had the Gretsch guitar he could get competitive with Lynn Taitt.
Winston Grennan played the piano on 'My Conversation'. He played the drum on the rhythm track... so Winston Grennan was the drummer with the 'ding a ling' piano on the voice track and sometimes he made a mistake the whole thing would have to start over back again.
Winston Grennan started this one drop thing. In those days we used to call it... excuse my language... the cow sh*t splash (sings) 'People get ready to do, do rock steady...splash!' The engineer used to complain and say 'Boy... this drummer's foot is too heavy and him mash up me needle...' But we didn't discard it and let it run. Now it's come like they call it the one drop but it's the cow sh*t splash... you know like when the cow dung drops?
'My Conversation' has been versioned more than 'Never Let Me Go'. You know the two most versioned songs in whole reggae business? 'My conversation' with Slim Smith and the tune they call 'I'll Never Let You Go' with Slim Smith. I have a version and Coxsone has a version of that tune. Every era they do it over... and everybody's on the 'My Conversation' rhythm.
When they started off at WIRL it was just two tracks. Lynford Anderson was the chief engineer. He used to work both places: RJR in the daytime and in his spare time in the night time and any time he got a chance he'd come to WIRL and cut masters and run the sessions. Some of my Slim Smith sessions it's Lynford who do them like 'My Conversation' and all that... so he used to share himself between two places." Bunny 'Striker' Lee
"After a few years Slim left The Uniques and went solo and the hits continued, 'Everybody Needs Love', 'Blinded By love', and he was off on tour of Canada. He appeared in places like Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Wales and all over London. In London he was regarded as the best Jamaican singer and was hailed wherever he appeared." Tony Mack
"I was in New York when I heard about the tragedy and I did not believe it at first... only when I heard it from several sources did I believe it. Slim had returned home to his parent's house after smoking ganja with some friends and he could not get into the house. He broke a window to get in and badly cut his arm. His injuries were so severe that he bled to death before he could get treatment..." Jimmy riley
"Slim is an incomparable singer even though he's been dead thirty odd, coming on for forty years. Slim was the nearest thing to Curtis Mayfield and he could also play instruments... look how long Slim Smith dead and you hear his music still. Do you know of any other singer who's come up like Slim Smith? You've never had another singer who's made that impact on Jamaican music like Slim Smith." Bunny Striker' Lee
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