December 10, 2021

Sly and Robbie
60’s, 70’s into the 80’s = Taxi
Island Records / Taxi 1981

One of the world’s most famous and greatest bassplayers
has died. Robert Warren Dale, or just Robbie Shakepeare
left us after being ill sometime from kidney problems.
Robbie was one half of rhythm twins Sly & Robbie and
was only 68 years old. They played with half of the
Jamaican reggae artists and people like Mick Jagger,
Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, Grace Jones
and many many others. When Black Uhuru and King
Sunny Adé came to Amsterdam, for a double gig in
the Jaap Eden Hal, in june 1984, I had the honour
of meeting Sly & Robbie. My good friend Gerard Kamer
who had a radio show called ‘Demo’ interviewed them
at the Sonesta Hotel afterwards. I still have the picture.
we were 26 years old and clearly had a few smokes. ;-)
I never forget the things Robbie said about Peter Tosh
that evening. Let’s say they weren’t the best of friends.
Listen to this 1981 Taxi album on which Sly & Robbie
do the main vocal parts, quite exceptional. I had to
place the skips manual so better listen to the whole
record in one session.
RIP Robbie ..

Één van ‘s werelds meest bekende en beste bassisten
heeft ons verlaten. Robert Warren Dale, of gewoon
Robbie Shakespeare overleed aan nier problemen
na daar al een tijdje mee te hebben gestoeid. Hij was
slechts 68 jaar oud. Robbie Shakespeare was de helft
van het beroemde ‘ritme duo’ Sly & Robbie. Zij speelden
met zo’n beetje de helft van alle Jamaicaanse artiesten
en met mensen als Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Jackson
Browne, Joe Cocker, Grace Jones en vele vele anderen.
Toen Black Uhuru en King Sunny Adé in de Jaap Eden
Hal in Amsterdam speelden in een dubbel concert in
juni 1984, heb ik de eer gehad hen te ontmoeten. Mijn
goede vriend Gerard Kamer, die toen zijn radio show
‘Demo’ had interviewde hen in het Sonesta Hotel
achteraf. Ik heb de foto van toen bewaard. We waren
26 jaar oud en hadden duidelijk wat gerookt. ;-) Ik zal
nooit vergeten wat Robbie toen vertelde over Peter
Tosh, laat ik zeggen dat ze geen beste vrienden waren.
Luister naar dit Taxi album uit 1981, Sly & Robbie doen
zelf, vrij uitzonderlijk, de meeste vokalen. Ik moest
de ‘skips’ handmatig plaatsen dus luister
liefst in één keer af.
RIP Robbie ..

Jaap Eden Hal concerts
Robbie Shakespeare, Wikipedia

All Posts with Sly & Robbie

01 – You don’t care
02 – Bum ball
03 – Only sixteen
04 – You have caught me
05 – Rain from the sky
06 – When I fall in love
07 – Conquer me
08 – Swing easy
09 – Soul serenade
10 – Who done it
11 – Stampede
12 – I should have known better
13 – Watermelon man
14 – El pussy cat ska


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  1. mimida 10 December 2021 at 11:42 - Reply


  2. Michael Lion 10 December 2021 at 16:16 - Reply

    R I E P
    Mr Bassie
    Singer /Bassman/producer
    Look at his production from 1975 without Sly.

    Michael Lion

    • Moos 11 December 2021 at 07:51 - Reply

      nice one Michael,
      didn’t know this ..

  3. EDSON ELIAS 10 December 2021 at 20:27 - Reply

    Beautiful album thanks for sharing

  4. EDSON ELIAS 10 December 2021 at 20:31 - Reply

    Friend do you have this album to share with us Barrington Spence – Give Love A Try ?

    • Moos 11 December 2021 at 07:53 - Reply

      Sorry Edson,
      I do not ..

  5. Ian Franey 10 December 2021 at 21:30 - Reply

    It seems we’re at the stage when some of the musical legends we grew up with are beginning their inevitable demise. When it’s premature it’s even more impactful. Mr Shakespeare has laid down more licks than most puppies and he’ll be greatly missed. Time for another taxi ride – get on board.

  6. frits boumans 11 December 2021 at 11:56 - Reply

    Leuke foto Moos

  7. Andy Chertow 11 December 2021 at 18:12 - Reply

    which one is you in the picture?

    • Moos 12 December 2021 at 07:10 - Reply

      Haha, I was waiting for the question,
      I am the second on the left ..

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