Track of the Day: 'Johnny B. Goode' by Peter Tosh

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

For our cover song series, a reader in San Francisco wants to “nominate hundreds of songs over many decades in the great tradition of reggae covers of non-reggae songs”:

The genre is deep and wide. The Easy Star All Stars famously covered the entire Dark Side of the Moon album—here’s “Time.” Little Roy did “Come as You Are.” The Heptones covered “Yesterday." Shinehead did “Billie Jean.” The Dynamics covered “Whole Lotta Love.”

But if I had to pick just one for you to highlight, it would be Peter Tosh’s reggae-ized “Johnny B. Goode.” Even the lyrics got a bit of Jamaica in them.

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