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Slim Smith

Slim Smith (born Keith Smith; 1948 in Kingston, Jamaica – 1973) was a skarocksteady and reggae singer. In their book Reggae: The Rough Guide (1997), Steve Barrow and Peter Dalton described Smith as “the greatest vocalist to emerge in the rocksteady era”.

Smith first came to prominence as a member of the Victors Youth Band, who were highly praised at the 1964 Jamaican Festival. He subsequently became a founding member and lead vocalist of The Techniques, who recorded primarily with Duke Reid for his Treasure Isle label. In 1964 they recorded several songs for Byron Lee, two of which, “Don’t Do It” and “No One”, were included on the LP The Real Jamaica Ska released by Epic Records and co-produced by Curtis Mayfield. After the Techniques disbanded in 1965, he formed The Uniques, who released a handful of singles including the R&B influenced “Do Me Good” released on Ken Lack‘s Caltone records in 1966.

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