Slickers - Good Nanny

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Slickers - Good Nanny (D.Crooke & C.Chin)

Randy's All Stars - Nanny Version (D.Crooke & C.Chin)

USA reissue, original release 197x
Produced by Clive Chin for Above Rock, matrix AB2079

Derrick Crooks, born in Westmoreland, 1937, started performing with his brother Sidney and future Upsetter Glen Adams as an embryonic form of the Pioneers. Their debut hit Sometime was released on Leslie Kong's Beverly label in 1965, then moving to Ken Lack's Caltone label. Then, Dennis Crooks enrolled various musicians (which may or may not be part of The Pioneers) and together they performed as the Slickers. They got a hit in Jamaica and UK with their first release Nana, produced by Naramiah Reid. In 1969, they returned to Leslie Kong with Run Fatty and did Mother Matty and Man Beware for Joe Gibbs. In 1970, Byron Lee recorded The Slickers' biggest hit: Johnny Too Bad, also featured on the famous The Harder They Come Soundtrack. Despite this big hit, the exact history of this band is tangled in mysteries, rumors and contradictions. Later in the seventies, The Slickers continued to score some modest hits with Fight Against The Law and St Jago De La Vega (original by Al Green) in 1977. Their excellent 1979 album Breakthrough (partly recorded at the Black Ark and produced by Earl Chin) has just been reissued by Tads records.