John Holt


Composed by John Holt

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John Holt launched his solo career in 1968, whilst still remaining a member of the Paragons. "Tonight" was one of the first solo singles he recorded and was cut for Bunny Lee. The producer worked hard to make the song a standout, marrying an emotive ballad to a percolating reggae rhythm. That was par for the course at the time, what made the single a bit more unique was having the organist keep time with a robust riff, and then having him toss a lushly layered AOR hook on top. This wasn't the first single to weigh down an arrangement with these extravagances, and by the early '70s, huge swathes of the Jamaican scene were giving way to these U.S./U.K. influences. However, in their day, they worked a charm, the domestic crowds lapped it up, and it was equally successful in Britain. "Tonight" did well, and thus encouraged Holt toward ever greater emulation of AOR pop fodder.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
A Love I Can Feel 1970 Studio One
1000 Volts of Holt 1974 Sanctuary Fontana 2:27
Sweetie Come Brush Me 1980 Creole Down Home Records
20 Super Hits 1990 Sonic / Sonic 3:44
Rock Steady Funky Reggae 1994
Various Artists
Lagoon Reggae 2:30
One Million Volts of Holt 1996 Angella / Keeling Records 2:21
Soul Music for Sale 1998
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution / Jet Set Records 2:32
Holt Like a Bolt 2000 Westside Records 2:29
Top Rock Steady 2000
Various Artists
Culture Press 2:33
The Tide Is High: Anthology 1962-1979 2001 Sanctuary / Trojan 2:28
I Want to Wake Up with You 2003 Music Digital
Help Me Make It Through the Night: The Best of John Holt 2003 Sanctuary Fontana 2:34
His-Story 2005 Charm/Jet Star Productions / Charm 2:42
Voices of Jamaica: Live in Concert 2005
Various Artists
Looking Back: The Definitive Collection 2005 Trojan 2:34
I Can't Get You Off My Mind: 18 Greatest Hits at Studio One 2006 Heartbeat 2:45
Foundation Singers: Revival Classics, Vol. 1 2009
Various Artists
Attack / Attack Records 2:20
Trojan Classics 2014 BMG / Sanctuary / Trojan 2:35
The Best Of [Sanctuary] 2016 BMG / Sanctuary / Trojan 2:35
Mums and Dads Reggae Favourites, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Treasure Isle Presents: Original Reggae
Various Artists
BMG / Sanctuary / Trojan 2:35
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