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Rock Steady was the successor of early Ska, in Jamaica's pop scene. It faded out Ska's prominent jazzy horn line and brought the bassline forward. The rhythm guitar meanwhile played a steady off-beat -- the rhythm that was to become reggae. The gentler pace accented the tender lyrics, and many of its anthems were love songs. The movement's name is attributed to Alton Ellis's keyboard player Jackie Mittoo, and Gladstone "Gladdy" Lewis of Hopeton Lewis.

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