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The Paragons

The Paragons


The Paragons were originally Garth "Tyrone" Evans, Bob Andy, Junior Menz, and Leroy Stamp. In 1964 Stamp was replaced by John Holt, and Howard Barret replaced Menz.The early Paragons sound used the tight vocal harmonies of Jamaican groups of the early 1960s. Beginning in 1964, the group recorded "Memories by the Score", "On the Beach", "Only a Smile", "Wear You to the Ball", and "Happy Go Lucky Girl" on the Treasure Isle record label with record producer, Duke Reid.The Paragons' recordings, most famously "Tide Is High", written by Holt, and featuring the violin of "White Rum" Raymond, are among the highlights of Jamaican popular music. "The Tide Is High" was taken to the top of the UK and US charts by Blondie in 1980; while Atomic Kitten's cover version also topped the UK Singles Chart in 2002.The group reformed in the late 1970s and released further albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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