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Bronco Reissues From Rock-A-Shacka

Bronco Reissues From Rock-A-Shacka

Bronco Reissues From Rock-A-Shacka

By Karl Pearson on Monday, November 7, 2011 - 1 comment

Two 7 inch singles featuring Boris Gardiner and Roy Panton.


Rock-A-Shacka has reissued two 7 inch singles on the little known Sonia Pottinger owned Bronco label, on which Boris was credited as the lead artist and producer for the first time.

Boris Gardiner’s musical career started on the tourist circuit during the 1960s where he was a member of Carlos Malcolm & the Afro Caribs and Byron Lee’s Dragonaires.

Rock-A-Shacka - BroncoTowards the end of that decade he started to put out self-produced material and also worked extensively as a session musician/member of The Upsetters, The Aggrovators, The Now Generation and The Crystallites.

The first single features a cover of Groovy Kind Of Love, a song first released by Diane & Annita in 1965, but is probably better known by UK pop group The Mindbenders, who recorded their cover later in that same year and peaked at #2 on the UK charts. Boris’s version is very melodic and features backing by Hux Brown and Keith Starling, among others. On the flip of this is Bobby Socks, which refers to the short socks worn by young girls and uses this as a theme to tell a story of the transition of a young girl to womanhood.

The second single actually features Roy Panton on the A-side, a singer who started out in the early 60s recording for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One with Millie Small, as the imaginatively titled duo Roy and Millie, where they had minor local hits with We'll Meet and I Go. The cut here though is the solo outing ‘Endless Memory’, which has appeared on a number of compilations, but never the less the is still a beautifully haunting Rock Steady number with a delicate keyboard motif buried in the perfectly executed hornless backing rhythm. The flip of this single is Boris’s minor key masterpiece I’m Alone from 1969 which again exemplifies his sweet, harmonious vocal style.

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Posted by Boris Gardiner on 01.01.2015
My name is Boris Gardiner. I read your article and most of it is wrong.
Sonia Pottinger had nothing to do with BRONCO RECORDS, I AM THE OWNER. She only distributed my records and I would play bass on some of her recording sessions.
BRONCO was the name of a night club in Cross Roads, Kingston, where my band called THE BRONCOS performed as resident band, December 1967 to be exact. The band's name was changed to The BORIS GARDINER HAPPENING in 1969. If you look on the label you will see my old address and phone number.
I recorded,A Groovy Kind of Love, Bobby Socks, and Endless Memory by Roy Panton. I'm Alone, sung by the late Orville Wood.

I started my career with the singing group the RHYTHM ACES 1961, then joined a band called Kes Chin and the Souvenirs then Carlos Malcolm Afro Jamaican Rhythm. I never played with BYRON LEE. In 1967 My own band The Broncos was formed.

All of these songs were pirated by Lloyd Charmers, including,You Make Me Feel Brand New, when he migrated to England in the Nineteen Seventies.
That's a small part of the story of my life.

Boris O,P, Gardiner

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