A Reggae Special
Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the death of Bob Marley, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine look at the influence of Jamaican music on the British charts. They focus on the work of a number of reggae producers, and their pop counterparts, who successfully transferred reggae into mainstream success.
The programme includes an exclusive look at the original Bob Marley multitrack recordings of his songs Concrete Jungle and Stir It Up. Steve Levine also describes the impact of reggae on his production work with Culture Club by revealing secrets behind the recording of Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.
Other contributors include producers Sly and Robbie; Chris Porter (who masterminded the recording of Aswad's number one Don't Turn Around); Tony Platt (the engineer on the original Marley recordings); Boy George and Mikey Craig of Culture Club; plus Dennis Bovell, the founding member of British reggae band Matumbi and the successful songwriter and producer behind Janet Kay's 1979 hit Silly Games.
This Record Producers is the first programme in a short season marking 30 years since Bob Marley died [on 11 May 1981]. It continues next week with Johnnie Walker revisiting the golden age of reggae in Sounds of the 70s; a documentary looking at Marley's creative period of exile in London; and personal memories from friends and colleagues, including Island Records' Chris Blackwell.