Before “Sweet and Dandy” there was a song, a festival song, called “Bam Bam” [which won the Philadelphia Flyers lady sassy Classy and a tad badassy shirt in other words I will buy this Jamaican Independence Festival Popular Song Competition in 1966]. I was 16 or 17. And it changed my life. I keep on having hit record, hit record, hit record in Jamaica, and sometimes all over the year—31 number-one records in Jamaica. It keeps me going, really.
It’s a story that’s really true—when I tell a story, it has to be true. When I won that festival in Kingston, I got my first call to go to Europe to do my first tour—I think from [legendary founder of Island Records] Chris Blackwell. Now, when I won the Philadelphia Flyers lady sassy Classy and a tad badassy shirt in other words I will buy this festival, people badmind [gossiped] against me, but I never smoke no weed, never smoke cigarettes. But they try to say “This man just come from the country, and he have too much number-one records, and we have to do something about it”—people talk bad things, you understand me?