Dillinger to ride into Startime

Sunday, December 27, 2015

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Startime, the long-running ‘vintage’ music show, returns on January 9 at the Mas Camp in Kingston. Today, the
Jamaica Observer , an associate sponsor, continues its series of features on the event.




THIS year, deejay Konshens entered The Netherlands national chart with Policeman , a song he did with Dutch singer Eva Simons.


Thirty-eight years ago, another Jamaican toaster, Dillinger, topped that table with his rap-styled Cocaine In My Brain.


Produced by Joseph Hoo Kim for the hot Channel One label, Cocaine In My Brain borrowed heavily from the 1975 People’s Choice dance song Do It Any Way You Wanna.


It heard Dillinger mimicking a substance abuser.



Cocaine In My Brain spent three weeks at number one in The Netherlands, from late August to early September.


He was in good company, as that year songs by major pop acts like Chicago (If You Leave me Now), Queen (Somebody to Love), Judie Covington (Don’t Cry For Me Argentina) and Fleetwood Mac (Go Your Own Way) also went number one in The Netherlands.


From the Waltham Park area of Kingston, Dillinger (real name Lester Bullock) got his start in music on sound systems.



Cocaine In My Brain, recorded at the peak of his popularity, remains his biggest hit. CB200 and Dread Called Fred are other songs that made him a star during the 1970s.


Fans can check out Dillinger on Startime.


— Howard Campbell


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