"Oh Carolina" is a song by John Folkes.

Original recordingEdit

Recorded at JBC studios (see: Steve BARROW 1997, p. 24), Kingston, 1960, produced by Prince Buster during his first ever recording session. (see:Steve BARROW 1993, p. 32) Here BARROW named the JBC studios where the session took place.


The Folkes Brothers (voc)

  • John Folkes
  • Mico Folkes
  • Junior Folkes
  • Owen Gray (p)

(The Warrikas aka African Drums)



  • The Folks Brothers: "Oh Carolina" b/w "I Met A Man" (7": Buster Wild Bells -Matrix No. ZSP 52834-1A b/w ZSP 52833-1B- /JA)
  • The Folks Brothers/Count Ossie/Afro-Combo: "Carolina" b/w "I Met A Man" (7": Blue Beat BB 30 /UK)



  • The Folkes Brothers: "Oh Carolina" (7"-side: Prince Buster -Matrix No. DSR 1655- /JA


  • V.A.: Tougher Than Tough. The Story Of Jamaican Music (4CD: Mango /Int.)


"... was further distinguished by being the first Jamaican 45 to feature nyahbingi drumming from Count Ossie (Williams), a good example of just how innovative a producer Prince Buster could be. The Folkes Brothers had met Buster at Duke reid's liquor store, where they had gone to audition: the fledgling producer was keen to make "Oh Carolina" and introduced them to Count Ossie, who was already rehearsing another act for Buster. As John Folkes recalls: "Bunny and Skitter were there too, practising "Chubby" up in the Wareika Hills where my brothers and I rehearsed "Oh Carolina" with Count Ossie. but of the songs with the drum sound released at that time from the Wareika Hills rehearsals with Ossie, "oh Carolina" was the one that took off. It had the magic." Owen Gray who just happened to be in the studio of radio station JBC (Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation) where the song was recorded, contributed the distinctive piano riff that set off the vocal perfectly." (see: Steve BARROW 1997, p. 24)


Rico Rodriguez participated in the original recording session. He re-recorded and re-arranged a version in 1980, produced by Dick Cuthell & Rico.




  • Rico: "Sea Cruise" b/w "Carolina" (7": 2Tone Records CHS TT15 /UK)



  • The Compact 2Tone Story (4CD-set: 2Tone/Chrysalis CDCHR TT 5013 /UK; 7243 8 27721 25 /Int.)

More re-rcordingsEdit

have been made by

  • GG Allstars (1970)
  • Mystic Revelation Of Rastafary (1973, on 3LP-set Grounation)
  • Shaggy (1993), No. 1 hit in UK


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