Take a look at the below list of Alton Ellis Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time. Alton Ellis, also known as “Godfather of Rocksteady,” was a favorite musician in Jamaica. His music was mainly definitive of that era! For example, his song “Come Do The Rocksteady” was the first to incorporate the word rocksteady and considering that, it had great influence in Jamaican music development. Unlike other rocksteady and ska musicians, Alton Ellis had a stronger fan base in both Jamaica and the Jamaican immigrant communities in Britain and the United States, at the time he became successful in the international scene. Born in Kingston town in the year 1944, Ellis grew in Trench Town. In the year 1959, he made his first recording, “Muriel,” which featured Eddie Perkins (his friend). The song, produced by Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd, was a great success and topped the Jamaican charts.
List of Alton Ellis Top 10 Songs of All Time
10. Dancer Crasher
“Dancer Crasher” became Alton Ellis’s second song to stall number one on the charts. However, Ellis’s leanings towards anti-bad-mannered songs gave him a hard time when some producers (doing the opposite with recordings), such as Wailers’ “Jailhouse” and “Let Him Go” and Derick Morgan’s “Tougher than Tough” disliked his records which curtailed their sales. As a result, Alton Ellis turned back to his greatest love – writing and singing of love songs. “Dance Crasher” was a plea for peace.
9. Girl I’ve Got A Date
In 1967, Ellis recorded his greatest hit: “Girl I’ve Got A Date.” Alton Ellis produced the song with Tommy McCook and the Supersonics who offered the backup. Including today, the song has remained to be a great hit, particularly to people who like the oldies. The Harry J All Stars drew a lot from “Girl I’ve Got A Date” to make their instrumental, “Liquidator,” in the year 1969. The song made it to the top 10 in UK’s charts. Later an American singing group – The Staples – copied opening stanzas of “Liquidator” to make a number one hit on American Billboard “I’ll Take You There” in 1971.
8. I’m Still In Love With You
Alton Ellis released “I’m Still in Love with You” in the year 1977. The song, produced by Bam-Bam Records was among the greatest hits that Ellis produced. The first thing you will realize immediately you spin this tune is the great riff and the powerful rhythms. “I’m Still in Love with You, girl” forms the song’s chorus part.
7. Ska to Rocksteady
This song, “Ska to Rocksteady,” was among the greatest love songs Ellis produced. The song was also a landmark recording. Apart from signaling a shift in musical beat from ska to rocksteady, the song became an inspiration for his other two big hits. The rise of rocksteady beat and accompanying dances in late 1966, offered an ideal vehicle for Alton Ellis to express his feelings – most of which came from real life situations.
6. Ain’t That Lovin’ You
If you are among the people who like Alton Ellis’s songs, then “Ain’t That Lovin’ You” is among your favorite songs. Released on 30th November 1993, the song has sold a large number of copies worldwide since its release date. In the song, produced by Steely and Clevie Records, Ellis says that he loves how the woman carries herself, how she wears her hair. In the end, he asks: “Ain’t That Lovin’ You.”This is one of the Alton Ellis Top 10 Songs of All Time.
5. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
Jr. Walker and The All Stars released the song “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) in the year 1968. In 1969, the song turned to be a powerful hit in both the UK and the United States. Alton Ellis also released a cover of the song on “Mr. Soul of Jamaica” album in the year 1967. He also released a single version of the song in 1970.
4. Get Ready – Rocksteady
After producing “Dance Crasher,” Ellis later produced “Get Ready – Rocksteady,” possibly, the first rocksteady song. The musician recorded it with Jackie Mittoo (a keyboardist) playing the bass guitar part since the bassist never showed up. Mittoo was unable to keep up with the ska beat, and the producer slowed down the tempo to accommodate him. As a result, they developed a choppier rhythm which led to Ellis expanding his vocal range.
3. Cry Tough
By the mid-1960’s, ska music was moving on, but the beat was slowing down to rocksteady and getting associated with violent, rude boy subculture in Jamaican dancehalls. Most artists, including Ellis, started making records referring to rude boys, even though most his recordings were systematically anti-rude. The tracks included “Cry Tough” and “Dance Crasher.”
Ellis and Parkins recorded the song, “Muriel,” for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, in R&B style in 1960. Ellis had written the song when working on a building site as a laborer. The release of “My Heaven” followed the success of the powerful hit. The two songs were slow R&B hits featuring instrumental triplets and vocal harmonizing which was common in songs of that time.
1. My Willow Tree
Altos Ellis released the original version of “My Willow Tree” in the year 1967. Later Gregory Isaacs and Earth and Stone covered it in the year 1978. “They say that once the tear has fallen, the willow cries eternally / cry not for me, my willow tree” are some of the lyrics in the super hit. Ellis says that the Willow tree should not cry eternally because he has found the love he wanted.
Alton Ellis additional love songs
1. Land of Loving’
One of the greatest love songs that Ellis produced in his career! “Land Of Loving” is a song released in 1969 and one of the first rocksteady songs.
2. This Feeling of Love
“This Feeling of Love” appeared on Ellis’s “Best Of Alton Ellis” album. In the song, the singer talks of a woman who gave him love in the morning, but took it in the evening.
In the year 1970, Alton Ellis songs “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” rendition and “Deliver US” enabled him to score big in Jamaica and other countries. In the year 1973, he moved to the United Kingdom and continued to record more songs. Even though Alton Ellis was living in the United Kingdom, he kept producing more songs that had the great impact on the Jamaican population. In 1994, the Jamaican government recognized his contribution to Jamaican culture by giving him the Order of Distinction. He died in the year 2008.