Ernie, Pluto rock Redbones

Basil Walters

Thursday, December 13, 2012

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THE Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew vibrated last Friday with the sounds of Ernie Smith and Pluto Shervington.

Alternating, the veteran singers reeled off their classic hit songs for Federal Records from the 1970s delighting the audience.

From his rich catalogue, Smith performed Play De Music, To Behold Jah, Bend Down, Ride On Sammy, One Dream, Pitta Patta, Duppy Gunman, the once-banned The Power And The Glory (Jah Kingdom Goes To Waste), Jesus Come For All, and Life Is Just For Living, which won the Grand Prize at the 1972 World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo.

Shervington was no less captivating. Like Smith, he veered from his songbook at times and reached for the Melodians' Sweet Sensation. He also thrilled the audience with the vintage originals Ram Goat Liver, Dat Thing There and Your Honour.

He also did newer, little-known songs such as Nutten Nuh Come Outta Dat, the equally amusing Black Wood (written by Lloyd Lovindeer), Don't Let Me Get Caught (Cheating on My Girlfriend) as well as Paul Simon's Call Me Al, Beres Hammond's Rock Away, and Tarrus Riley's She's Royal.

For the finale, the old friends teamed for a suite of Federal favourites including Sammy Dead, Oil In My Lamp and Wings of a Dove.

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