Montego Bay

Album: Bobby Bloom (1970)
Charted: 3 8
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  • Bloom wrote this about the city in Jamaica. Bloom said of the city when introducing the song: "It has a certain peacefulness that really sticks in your mind. It's the kind of a place that makes you write songs about it."
  • Jeff Barry wrote this with Bloom and produced the track. Barry, whose songwriting hits include "Be My Baby" and "Leader of the Pack," worked with Bloom on various projects, including a Monkees album.
  • Bloom did a lot of session work in the '60s while working on his solo material. This was his only hit, as he died on February 28, 1974, at age 28 after he was accidentally shot. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Sean - Altoona, WI
  • This song has an interesting quasi-Jamaican feel, with whistling, hand claps and odd percussion. It was influenced by the bubblegum sound, as Barry and Bloom were working in that genre: Bloom wrote "Indian Giver" and Barry wrote "Sugar, Sugar."
  • The full version of this song ends with a few bars of "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" from the musical, Oklahoma!. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Tony - Vero Beach, FL
  • In 1986 Amazulu covered this song reaching #16 in the UK and #90 in the US. This was to be the last of four UK Top 20 hits for the British group, their most successful one being another cover, this time of The Chi-Lites "Too Good To Be Forgotten," which peaked at #5. Amazulu were a new wave/ska revival group who comprised five females and a sole male, Nardo Bailey, on drums. Their name means "For the Zulu people" in the Zulu language.
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Comments: 4

  • Anne from HereThe line is "Vernon will meet me when the BOAC lands." BOAC was the acronym for British Overseas Airways Corporation, which flew into Montego Bay International Airport.
  • Mavis from Upper MidwestHow is it this very cool song has so few comments? Crank this up and you’ve got instant summer!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 19th 1970, Bobby Bloom performed "Montego Bay" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Thirteen days earlier on September 3rd it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #88; and on November 22nd, 1970 it peaked at #8 {for 1 week} and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    He had three other records make the Top 100 chart and all three were in 1970; "Where Are We Going" {#84}, "Make Me Happy" {#80}, and "We're All Goin' Home" {#93}...
    May he R.I.P. {1946 - 1974}.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaThis song truly does capture the ambiance of Montego Bay and Jamaica's laid-back "no worry, mon" culture. Great early example of reggae. Maybe the first reggae on the charts...?
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