First, it was Ska Music then Rocksteady which transcended into Reggae Music.
Reggae music came about in the 1970s, musicians such as Coxsone Dodd, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Leslie Kong, Duke Reid, Joe Gibbs and King Tubby are the names credited with the birth of reggae music.
Even thou worldwide its known that reggae legend Bob Marley was responsible for taking Reggae Internationally, another name which cannot be left out of Reggae music from the 1970s is Dr. Jimmy Cliff.
In 1972 reggae became a staple of western radio stations thanks to the film The Harder They Come.
In 1973, the film The Harder They Come starring Jimmy Cliff was released and introduced Jamaican music to cinema audiences outside of Jamaica.
The earliest reggae lyrics spoke mostly of love, specifically romantic love between a man and a woman. But as the music and the musicians making it made their way into the 1970s, reggae started taking on a heavy Rastafarian influence.
Chris Blackwell, who founded Island Records in Jamaica in 1960, relocated to England in 1962, where he continued to promote Jamaican music. He formed a partnership with Lee Gopthal's Trojan Records in 1968, which released reggae in the UK until bought by Saga records in 1974.
By the mid-1970s, authentic reggae dub plates and specials were getting some exposure in the UK on John Peel's radio show, who promoted the genre for the rest of his career. Around the same time, British filmmaker Jeremy Marre documented the Jamaican music scene in Roots Rock Reggae, capturing the heyday of Roots reggae. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the UK punk rock scene flourished, and reggae was a notable influence.
Some Reggae artiste from the 1970s is Freddie Mckay, I-Roy, Glen Richards, Big Youth, Bob Andy, Bob Melody, Bob Marley, Culture, Dennis Brown, Dennis Walks, D Alcapone, Ernie Smith among many others.
CORNELL CAMPBELL - ROPE RIGHT IN
JOE TEX & U BROWN - FRIDAY EVENING
MICHIGAN & SMILEY - UPTOWN DOWNTOWN
LIN TAIT - TALKING LOVE
INSTRUMENTAL - THROW MI CORN
ALTON ELLIS - I'M JUST A GUY
EARL SIXTEEN - ANOTHER DAY
JENNIFER LARA - I'M JUST A GIRL
MICHIGAN & SMILEY - RUB A DUB STYLE
SUGAR MINOTT - VANITY
AUGUSTUS PABLO - THUNDER CLAP
BILL WITHERS - AIN'T NO SUNSHINE
DR ALIMANTADO - BEST DRESSED CHICKEN IN TOWN
DR ALIMANTADO - OIL CRISIS
DR ALIMANTADO - SHE WRENG
HORACE ANDY - AIN'T NO SUNSHINE
JACOB MILLER - FALSE RASTA
JAH LLOYD - SUNSHINE GIRL
KEN BOOTHE - AIN'T NO SUNSHINE
YAMI BOLO - MYSTERY BABYLON