Oh Carolina

Album: Pure Pleasure (1993)
Charted: 1 59

Songfacts®:

  • This is based on a 1959 ska song by The Folkes Brothers called "Carolina," which was produced by ska legend Prince Buster. Shaggy incorporated a sample from Henry Mancini's version of "Peter Gunn" into his version.
  • Shaggy (real name Orville Richard Burrell) was born in Jamaica and moved to America with his parents at the age of 18. At the age of 19 he joined the Marines and spent four years there, earning a commendation from the US government after leading his platoon through a minefield during the Gulf War's Operation Desert Storm. He pursued his music career after returning from Iraq; "Oh Carolina" became his first hit.
  • This was the first UK hit for the specialist reggae label Greensleves Records despite releasing over 300 records previously.
  • This went to #1 in the UK after it was used in the Sharon Stone film Sliver.
  • "Oh Carolina" hit #1 in the UK on March 20, 1993 and stayed there the following week. For both of these weeks, "Informer" by Snow was #1 in America, giving both territories reggae-influenced #1s.

Comments: 3

  • Micky from London, EnglandGreat fun song! Impossible to keep still to it.
  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesHe means the Place North Carolina?! :-D
  • Stephan from St Georges, CanadaHate this song
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