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Third World are a Jamaican reggae band formed in 1973. Their sound is influenced by soulfunk and disco. Although they have undergone several lineup changes, Stephen "Cat" Coore and Richard Daley have been constant members, and singer William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke has been with them since 1976, singing on all but their debut album.


 [hide*1 History


Third World started when keyboard player Michael "Ibo" Cooper and guitarist (and cellist) Stephen "Cat" Coore (son of former Deputy Prime Minister David Coore), who had originally played in The Alley Cats then Inner Circle, subsequently left to form their own band along with Inner Circle singer Milton "Prilly" Hamilton.[1][2] They recruited bassist Richard Daley, formerly of Ken Boothe's band and Tomorrow's Children, and added drummer Carl Barovier and former Inner Circle percussionist Irvin "Carrot" Jarrett before making their live debut in early 1974.[1]

After recording some tracks with Geoffrey Chung which were not released, the band's first single was the self-produced "Railroad Track" (1974).[1] In their early days they played primarily in Kingston's hotels and nightclubs and (along with The Wailers) supported The Jackson Five when they played at the Jamaican National Stadium.[1]

They were soon signed by Island Records and toured Europe with The Wailers.[1] The band's self-titled debut album was released in 1976. The album included a cover of "Satta Massagana", originally performed by The Abyssinians, which became a local hit. Hamilton and Barovier were replaced by singer (and another former Inner Circle member) Wlliam "Bunny Rugs" Clarke and drummer Willie Stewart before the recording of their second album, 96° in the Shade (1977), which included several local hits. Notable among its eight tracks were "1865 (96° in the Shade)", "Rhythm of Life" and the album's only cover, "Dreamland", written by Bunny Wailer.[1] They played in front of 80,000 people at the Smile Jamaica festival in 1976.[1]

In 1977 the band collaborated with psychiatrist Frederick Hickling on the Explanitations show which was performed at Kingston's Little Theatre early the following year.[3]

Third World's greatest success came in the late 1970s and early 1980s, peaking with their cover version of The O'Jays' "Now That We Found Love" from their third album Journey to Addis, a hit single on both sides of the Atlantic in 1978, reaching the top ten in the UK.[1] Journey to Addis became a top thirty hit album in the UK.[1] They had first met Stevie Wonder in Jamaica in 1976 and the single prompted him to perform with them at the Reggae Sunsplashfestival in 1981 in the wake of Bob Marley's death, playing his tribute to Marley, "Master Blaster".[1][4] Third World went on to perform several times at the festival, and they also took part in the 'Reggae Sunsplash USA' tour in 1985.[5]Wonder also wrote, along with Melody A McCully, their 1982 hit "Try Jah Love", which brought them further exposure in North America.[1][6][7] They were also guests during the third season of SCTV.

Amid claims of artistic differences "Carrot" split from the band in the mid-1980s.[1] The resulting five-piece band then went on to record more commercial tunes such as "Sense of Purpose", "Reggae Ambassador", "Forbidden Love" and "Committed".

Their version of "Now That We've Found Love" was used as the basis of Heavy D's 1991 hit rap version.[8] In 1992 they returned to work with Stephen Stewart and Geoffrey Chung on the album Committed.[8]

Despite several more line-up changes, including the departures of Cooper and Stewart, and a decline in mainstream success, the band is still recording and performing up to the present day, including in front of a television audience at the Cricket World Cup 2007 Opening Ceremony in Trelawny.

In 2008 the band received a lifetime achievement award from Charles Drew University.[9]

In 2013 the group completed a 40th anniversary world tour; Illness forced Clarke to miss some of the shows, with A J Brown standing in as lead vocalist.[10]

Musical style[edit]Edit

While the band played roots reggae, they have also incorporated other styles into their music, and it was the initial influence of The Wailers that prompted the formation of the band to take on a new direction that combined reggae with other genres.[1] The pop-oriented sound has given rise to criticism of the band over the years, with reggae purists uncomfortable with their incorporation of American soul and R&B into their sound.[6][4][11] The band have played also folk-pop, hard rock, bossa novarap, light pop-jazzdoo-wop and calypso.[7][12][13] Their style has been described as reggae fusion.[8][14] Singer Bunny Rugs described the band's sound: "Strictly a reggae band, no. Definitely a reggae band, yes."[8] Guitarist Cat Coore said of their music: "The hybrid of various types of music is a natural thing because, by growing up in Jamaica, we know the direct roots of reggae and ska. At the same time we live in a country where you get to hear Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and all the R&B artists."[4] Bassist Richard Daley said "we took roots reggae music and put branches on top of it".[4]



List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Label Peak chart positions
"Railroad Track" 1975 Island
"96º In The Shade" 1977 Island
"Now That We Found Love" 1978 Island 10 47
"Cool Meditation" 1979 Island 17
"One Cold Vibe (Couldn't Stop Dis Ya Boogie)" 1979 Island
"Tonight for Me" 1979 Island
"The Story's Been Told" 1979 Island
"Talk to Me" 1979 Island 54
"Always Around" 1979 Jah's Music/Island
"Street Fighting" 1980 Cav Lip
"Now That We've Found Love" 1980 Mango
"Rooths With Quality" 198? Observers
"Dancing on the Floor (Hooked on Love)" 1981 CBS 10
"Standing in the Rain" 1981 CBS
"Try Jah Love" 1982 CBS 47 101
"You're Playing Us Too Close" 1982 Columbia
"Ride On" 1982 CBS
"Love Is Out to Get You" 1983 CBS
"Lagos Jump" 1983 CBS
"Sense of Purpose" 1985 CBS
"One More Time" 1985 CBS
"One to One" 1985 Columbia
"Now That We Found Love" (re-issue) 1985 Island 22[15]
"Hold On To Love" 1987 CBS
"Over Due" 1987 Jah's Music
"The Spirit Lives" 1987 Columbia
"It's the Same Old Song" 1989 Mercury
"Forbidden Love" 1989 Mercury
"Live in the Balance" 1991 Jah's Music
"Committed" 1992 Mercury
"Talk To Me" 1994 Great Jones
"Now That We Found Love" (re-issue) 1996 Big Time International
"Dem Man Deh" 1996 Taxi
"Baltimore" 1997 Taxi
"Reggae Party" feat. Shaggy 1999 Eagle
"Dread Eyes" 2000 Reggae Blitz
"Ya Ya Ya Jamaica" 2001 BMG
"96 Degrees Cover (2nd Generation)" feat. Stephen & Damian Marley 2011 Third World Music Group
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Studio albums
List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Year Label Peak chart positions
Third World 1976 Island
96° in the Shade 1977 Island 203
Journey to Addis 1978 Island 30 55
The Story's Been Told 1979 Island 157
Arise in Harmony 1980 Island 206
Rock the World 1981 CBS 37 186
You've Got the Power 1982 Columbia 87 63
All the Way Strong 1983 CBS 137
Sense of Purpose 1985 CBS 119
Hold On to Love 1987 Columbia
Serious Business 1989 Mercury 107
Rock the World 1990 Columbia
Committed 1992 Mercury
Live It Up 1995 Bud Music
Generation Coming 1999 Déclic Communication
The Story's Been Told 1999 Island
Ain't Givin' Up 2003 Shanachie
Riddim Haffa Rule 2004 Music Avenue
Black Gold Green 2006 Nocturne
Patriots 2010 Third World Music Group
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Live albums
List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Year Label Peak chart positions
Prisoner in the Street 1980 Island 186
Dedicated To Stevie Wonder 1982 Buccaneer
Third World Live 2001 Tabou 1
Live in Hawaii & Jamaica 2002 Tabou 1
Music Hall In Concert 2007 Membran Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.
List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Year Label Peak chart positions
Reggae Greats 1985 Island
Reggae Ambassadors 1994 Chronicles
The Best of Third World 1993 Sony
25th Anniversary 2001 BMG
Now That We've Found Love 2004 Charly
Tuff Mi Tuff 2006 Noble Price
The Best of Third World: The Millennium Collection 2007 Island
Greatest Hits
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

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