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Keith and Tex

This is the story of Keith & Tex. And it is quite a story, even by Jamaican standards. Kingston, Jamaica, 1967. It’s the height of the rocksteady era, when two young teenagers, Keith Barrington Rowe and Tex Dixon, enter Derrick Harriott’s studio. They are about to record a bunch of self-penned songs – which today are considered some of the finest rocksteady tunes ever. Two of them – “Stop That Train” and “Tonight” – have been covered, re-cut, overdubbed and sampled so many times that every reggae fan knows them by heart. The two singers themselves do not have much time to revel in their success, because both have to leave the country soon after as their families emigrate to the USA and Canada.

Just Passing Through