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Dawn Penn & Ini Komoze

By Kevin Jackson—-

A number of songs by Jamaican artists have been sampled by high-profile pop acts.

Here Comes The Hot Stepper by Ini Kamoze; Ring The Alarm by Tenor Saw; One In A Million by Sanchez; and You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) by Dawn Penn are recent examples.


* In 1990 Ini Kamoze scored a chart-topper with Hot This Year. Retitled Here Comes The Hot Stepper four years later, the song soared to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four in Britain.

* In 2003, Here Comes The Hot Stepper was sampled by Beyoncé on the hit Baby Boy, which featured Sean Paul.

* It was also used in the remix for rapper Ghostface Killah’s Cherchez LaGhost

* The 1985 hit Ring The Alarm was Tenor Saw’s signature song. Recorded on the Stalag rhythm, Ring The Alarm found a new audience in the 1990s thanks to sampling by punk/ska group 311 for its song Prisoner.

* The rap group Fu Schnickens also did a version of Ring The Alarm, so too did Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub for their self-titled debut album. The song Fell, Destroyed by Fugazi includes the line ‘Ring the alarm or you’re sold to dying’. Its lyric sheet pays homage to Tenor Saw.

* Rapper Brother Ali sampled Ring The Alarm for his song Champion, while Mos Def referred it in his single Universal Magnetic.

* One In A Million You was originally recorded by soul singer Larry Graham. Graham, who is the uncle of hip hop sensation Drake, was a bass player with Sly and the Family Stone and front man for his Graham Central Station band. One In A Million You was covered with great success in the 1990s by Sanchez.

* Sanchez’s intro to his version was sampled in Dipset Anthem, a song by rap group, the Diplomats, which featured Jim Jones, Cam’ron and Juelz Santana.

* Dipset Anthem reached number 64 on Billboard’s R&B Hip Hop Singles and Tracks chart.

* Veteran singer Dawn Penn experienced a turnaround in fortunes in 1994 when she updated her 1967 hit You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No), which peaked at number three on the British national chart. Over in the United States, the song stalled at number 58 on the Billboard Hot 100.

* You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) is an interpretation of American singer Willie Cobbs’ 1960 song You Don’t Love Me, which was inspired by guitarist Bo Diddley’s 1955 recording She’s Fine, She’s Mine.

* Penn’s version has been sampled and covered by artistes including British rapper Kano (who is of Jamaican parentage), Ed Solo, Hexstatic, Ghostface Killah, Mims and Eve featuring Stephen Marley.

* Singer Lily Allen sampled Penn’s hit in her single Shame for You. 311 did the same for their song Omaha Stylee. No, No, No was also sampled by Rihanna on her 2005 debut album, Music Of The Sun and by Beyoncé on her 2009/2010 I Am… Tour.


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