Susan Cadogan, Charlie Organaire, Prizefighters, Drastics 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. 2014

Jamaican singer Susan Cadogan went from librarian to reggae star in summer 1974, after she turned up at Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark studio to add vocals to a song written by the boyfriend of a friend. Perry produced the session and was impressed with her voice, so he asked her to cut a cover of the Millie Jackson hit “It Hurts So Good.” Cadogan’s single, renamed “Hurt So Good,” didn’t score in Jamaica, but it soon found its way up the charts in the UK. When the singer signed a deal with British label Magnet, though, a jealous Perry did everything in his power to hurt her burgeoning career. The music she made in the UK lacked the weight and atmosphere of the tracks she cut with Perry—she turned out to be something of a one-hit wonder—but that old Black Ark material was eventually collected on the 1977 Trojan Records release Hurt So Good, which also includes covers of American soul hits such as “Shame, Shame, Shame,” “Fever,” and “If You Need Me.” In the decades since, Cadogan has retreated from and returned to the music business several times, but none of her subsequent recordings have matched the spacey chill of her work with Perry. —Peter Margasak

Price: $25


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