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Music bug bites Susan Cadogan


Susan Cadogan. - Contributed

THE MUSIC bug has again bit librarian Susan Cadogan and she is about to move from behind her desk at the University of the West Indies Library onto the stage for Heineken Startime Series at Mas Camp Village, Kingston on Saturday, May 26.

In 1974 Jerry Lewis, who was then a DJ on JBC radio, introduced Susan to Lee Perry and out of the famous Black Ark studio came a cover of Millie Jackson's soul hit Hurts So Good.

This song went straight to the top of the UK reggae charts and the success of the single led to the Magnet label licensing the tune and taking it to the Top 5 on the UK pop charts in 1975.

Susan's follow-up Love My Life was also a UK Top 20 hit and this double success led to the singer being signed to Trojan Records, which released a compilation of covers including Fever, Don't Burn Your Bridges, Congratulations and In The Ghetto.

Her duet Feel So Good, with Ruddy Thomas, was another chart-topper, but there was no major follow-up and she quietly faded from the music scene.

After a decade, she returned in fine style in 1992. Susan linked up again with Perry and The Mad Professor and did a re-recording of Hurts So Good. In 1995 the UK pop star Jimmy Somerville did a cover of the song and regenerated a lot of UK interest in the song.

On May 26 she will join a line-up of such stars as Toots Hibbert, Half Pint, The Tamlins, Boris Gardiner, Dennis Walks and Lloyd Parkes and We The People.

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