REGGAE GREAT: John Holt, a member of the Jamaican rocksteady group, The Paragons, wrote ‘The Tide Is High’ in 1967 and the song became a hit in his native Kingston. But in 1980 a cover version by Blondie became a global No. 1 and a favorite contemporary song in the last few months of John Lennon’s life.
REGGAE GREAT: John Holt, a member of the Jamaican rocksteady group, The Paragons, wrote ‘The Tide Is High’ in 1967 and the song became a hit in his native Kingston. But in 1980 a cover version by Blondie became a global No. 1 and a favorite contemporary song in the last few months of John Lennon’s life.
REGGAE GREAT: John Holt, a member of the Jamaican rocksteady group, The Paragons, wrote ‘The Tide Is High’ in 1967 and the song became a hit in his native Kingston. But in 1980 a cover version by Blondie became a global No. 1 and a favorite contemporary song in the last few months of John Lennon’s life.

Reggae singer-songwriter John Holt, who wrote ‘The Tide Is High,’ dies at 67

October 21, 2014 8:00 AM

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