Montego Bay (song)
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"Montego Bay" is a song co-written and performed by Bobby Bloom about the city in Jamaica of the same name. The song was a Top 10 hit for Bloom in the Fall of 1970 on both sides of the Atlantic. It reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart, #5 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles Chart, #7 on the Australian Go-Set Singles Chart and #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was co-written and produced by Jeff Barry. In the master tape of the song, Bloom breaks into a chorus of "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" at the end of the recording, but the single version fades out before that. Apparently, that was done to avoid paying royalties for use of the Rodgers & Hammerstein song, though the full version does appear on the Bobby Bloom Album and has received frequent airplay. The song features a whistler, as well as Jamaican instruments to illustrate the section called "Montego Bay," in a Calypso genre.
Bloom's recording of the song appeared in the 1997 film The Ice Storm.
Jon Stevens versionEdit
|Single by Jon Stevens|
|from the album Jezebel|
|B-side||"Sha La La"|
|Songwriter(s)||B. Bloom, J. Barry|
|Jon Stevens singles chronology|
In January 1980, New Zealand recording artist Jon Stevens released a version as a single. It peaked at number 1 in New Zealand, knocking himself from the top of the charts. "Montego Bay" remained number 1 for seven weeks in 1980. 
- Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
- "Montego Bay"
- "Sha La La"
|New Zealand Singles Chart||1|
- (1970) Freddie Notes & The Rudies - (Trojan Records)
- (1971) The Bar-Kays on their album Black Rock
- (1971) James Last on his album Happyning
- (1974) Foster, Pat, & Angie Sylvers on their album Foster Sylvers Featuring Pat & Angie Sylvers
- (1978) Sugar Cane - a minor UK disco hit for the U.S. male/female vocal group - highest position in UK Singles Chart - #54
- (1983) Allniters - a Top 20 hit for an Australian ska band.
- (1986) Amazulu - a minor hit in the U.S. in September 1986, it reached #16 in the UK and =#6 in Canada.
- (2005) Les Fradkin - on his CD Under The Covers.
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