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Throw Back - 70s Teens Reggae Chart-Topper Althea and Donna

Althea and Donna were a Jamaican singing duo best known for their 1977 hit single "Uptown Top Ranking," which hit number one on the UK chart in 1978. The Jamaican teenagers Althea Forrest and Donna Reid then 17 and 18 years old respectively, caused a chart surprise when their song became a UK hit, ousting greats such as Paul McCartney and Bob Marley and  held the Number 1 spot for two weeks .  Note their subtle, appealing image as well as playful and fun lyrics that are similar in comparison to OMI's chart-topper 'Cheerleader' single. These artistes scored number one on a major chart in an era that springboarded from the late 60s/early 70s when the British music press and BBC was alleged to have actively campaigned to keep reggae off the airwaves.  Subsequent to their major chart break, Althea and Donna  gained recognition as the first female Deejays in the history of reggae music and this fact is recorded in the Guinness Book of Hit Songs. The duo go