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About The Slickers:

In the mid 1960s, The Slickers consisted of the Crooks brothers and Winston Bailey, with Derrick being the only constant member, and Abraham Green joining the Crooks brothers at the time "Johnny Too Bad" was recorded. The Slickers have often been wrongly assumed to simply be an alias for The Pioneers due to their similar vocal stylings. The Slickers toured the UK and US on the back of the success of "Johnny Too Bad," and continued until 1979, when they recorded the Breakthrough album before splitting up. "Johnny Too Bad" was featured on the soundtrack for the 1972 Jimmy Cliff film, The Harder They Come, and later covered by the British reggae group, UB40, the American reggae punk band Sublime and blues artist Taj Mahal. John Martyn covered it with additional lyrics on his 1980 album Grace and Danger. The song was also part of bluegrass artist Peter Rowan's live repertoire during much of the mid 1980s.


A Tribute To The Slickers featuring Derrick "Johnny Too Bad" Crooks


To commemorate Jamaica’s 50th, Freedom Time Media presents a tribute to The Slickers, a Jamaican rock steady and reggae group from the late 1960s and early 1970s, centred around Derrick Crooks, who had also been one of the founding members of The Pioneers along with his brother Sydney.

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