Reggae singer-songwriter John Holt, who wrote ‘The Tide Is High,’ dies at 67

October 21, 2014 12:00 PM

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Reggae singer-songwriter John Holt, who wrote ‘The Tide Is High,’ dies at 67

In the last couple of months before his death, as a newly energized John Lennon ended a five-year sabbatical from recording, everyone seemed to ask the former Beatle what he had been listening to during his hiatus in the disco, punk and smooth Southern California rock era.

His answer: a cover of a reggae song originally written and recorded by Jamaican vocalist John Holt in 1967 with his group, The Paragons.

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