Comeback girl

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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Singer Susan Cadogan, who had a massive hit in 1974 with a cover of Millie Jackson’s Hurt So Good, is enjoying a career revival in the United Kingdom.

Last year Cadogan and Ken Boothe performed in that country at the UK Ska Festival. In February she was interviewed on the BBC Radio 6 about her new music and resurgence.

Cadogan and Boothe recently collaborated on the song Love Story. In late 2016 the five-song EP Take Me Back, her first batch of new material in over 10 years, was released.

"I have been doing many shows and recording during the past few years. My new EP is coming out on vinyl in a few weeks and is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Lola Cadogan," Cadogan told the Jamaica Observer.

Take Me Back was released by Stonyhill Records. Producer/musicians Mitch Girio, Wayne Armond, Pete Lambert, Meher Steinberg, Ryan Chopik, Jammal Tarkington, and Rodney Teague contributed to the project.

Its tracks are Crazy, Take Me Back, I Don’t Wanna Play Around, Leaving, and Best of Me.

Born Allison Cadogan, she followed her mother into music. Lola Cadogan released several devotional songs during the 1950s.

After living for several years in Belize, where her family had moved, Cadogan returned to Jamaica and worked as an assistant librarian at The University of the West Indies.

Her first recording was Love My Life for disc jockey Jerry Lewis of the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC). Lee "Scratch" Perry was in the recording studio at the time and was so impressed by Cadogan’s voice that he decided to record her.

He also ‘renamed’ her Susan.

One of her first recordings for Perry was Hurt So Good with bassist Boris Gardiner and the horn section of the Zap Pow band. It was released to little fanfare in Jamaica on the producer’s new Perries label.

Released in the UK by Dennis Harris’s DIP International label, Hurt So Good topped the Reggae Chart. Magnet Records picked up the single and aggressively pushed it into the UK Singles Chart.

Cadogan, 22 at the time, went to London to promote the single, including an appearance on the highly rated television show Top Of The Pops.

After signing with Magnet Records a follow-up single, Love Me Baby, produced by Pete Waterman, reached number 22 on the UK Singles chart in July 1975.

Two mid-1970s albums, Doing It Her Way and Hurt So Good, were released by Magnet and Trojan Records, respectively.

Cadogan returned to her job as a librarian but resurfaced in 1982 with covers of The Temptations’ Tracks of My Tears and Piece of My Heart originally done by Irma Thomas.

In 1992 the Mad Professor-produced album Soulful Reggae was released. Another album, Chemistry of Love, followed in 1995.

Cadogan’s last high-profile performance in Jamaica was Heineken Startime in 2001.

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