"Oh Carolina" was a minor hit in Shaggy's homeland of America, but it went to #1 in the UK, where the dancehall reggae sound was big. That scene was driven by the children of Jamaican immigrants who came to England after World War II.
Shaggy made a bigger impact in America in 1995 with "Boombastic
," but he really moved the needle in 2001 when he had #1 hits with "Angel
" and "It Wasn't Me
," and sold about 5 million copies of his album Hot Shot