Althea and Donna – Uptown Top Ranking (1977)

“‘Uptown Top Ranking’ is a song and single by the Jamaican teenage singers Althea Forrest and Donna Reid, recorded when they were 17 and 18 years old respectively. Released in 1977, it was a surprise hit reaching number 1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1978, after early championing by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel and a performance on Top Of The Pops, but had only one week at the chart summit. It was produced by Joe Gibbs, using a re-recording of the riddim of the 1967 Alton Ellis song ‘I’m Still In Love’, which had already been re-popularised in the 1970s by Marcia Aitken’s cover ‘I’m Still In Love With You Boy’, and the deejay track ‘Three Piece Suit’ by Trinity, to which ‘Uptown’ was an ‘answer record’. The single’s UK release was on the Lightning record label.”

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