I watched this clip years ago on television and was greatly impressed to see for the first time foreign musicians playing hardcore authentic reggae music.  Blue Riddim Band members composer Bob Zohn and drummer Steve “Duck” McLane got early exposure to reggae music when they made frequent visits to Jamaica during the 1970s where they built relationships with local band Soul Syndicate.  Later on they were the opening act for the likes of Dennis Brown, Big Youth, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley when they toured the United States.  By this time the group was based in Kansas, Missouri.  In 1980 they recorded tracks for Island Records which were never released.  They came to Jamaica in 1981 where they recorded for the legendary King Jammys.

In 1982 they became the first reggae band from the United States to play the now defunct annual Sunsplash music festival.  They played again at the same festival the following year.

Blue Riddim band is still in existence today although having had membership changes over the years. They were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

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