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The Harmonettes


The importance of the hugely popular Harmonettes is mitigated by their limited output—only one nontraditional reggae LP and a handful of singles. Led by Godfrey McGregor and featuring the Rhaburn Combo’s Cecil Gillett, the group had existed since 1967, but didn’t tour outside of Belize until the mid-1970s, when they recorded their only full-length outing. ‘Til Daylight was named after their propensity for playing sundown-to-sun-up parties. The album brims with gorgeous vocal harmony reggae numbers like “Can’t Go Halfway,” a unique “fast reggae” version of the Johnny Nash hit, and “Shame, Shame, Shame,” which managed to turn the pop disco polish of Shirley & Co. into a raw ghetto jam.


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