John Kenneth Holt, born July 1947, is one of the most recognized singers in Jamaica. He started his career with the Paragons in the 60's. Who can forget "Wear You to the Ball." That was a lock down slow jam.
In the 1970's Holt soared in the Reggae scene with scene with his album, "1,ooo volts of Holt." This album has him doing remakes of so many hit classics, including the popular, "Help Me Make It Through The Night." He then switched to a more "Rockers" style with "Up Park Camp." I remember rocking out at the session with that tune.
Now as a dreadlocked rootsman he has put himself back on the scene touring and bringing back the wonderful sounds of the past. Across the decade, Holt made numerous acclaimed appearances at Reggae Sunsplash, and the singer continues to compose, record, and perform. All that's missing is a compilation worthy of Holt's genius. The best on offer was the Trojan label's My Girl Wears a Crown, which compiles the best of the singer's recordings with the Paragons. Of his solo material, Can't Keep Us Apart bundles up 20 singles cut with Bunny Lee and their dub companions.
I created a video to show my appreciation for his wonderful sound. It is done to his popular tune, "Stick By Me."