Stir It Up

"Stir It Up"
Stir It Up - Johnny Nash.jpg
Single by Johnny Nash
from the album I Can See Clearly Now
B-side "Cream Puff"
Released 15 January 1973[1]
Format 7" single
Recorded 1972
Genre Rocksteady (proto-Reggae)
Length 5:34
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Bob Marley
Johnny Nash singles chronology

"Stir It Up"

"I Can See Clearly Now"

"Stir It Up"
Single by Bob Marley & The Wailers
from the album Catch a Fire
Released 1973
Format 7"
Recorded 1972
Label Wail'n Soul'm
Songwriter(s) Bob Marley
Producer(s) Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley & The Wailers singles chronology
"Freedom Time"

"Stir It Up"

"This Train"


"Stir It Up" is a song composed by Bob Marley in 1967 and first recorded by his group The Wailers that year and issued as a single. The song was later covered by American singer Johnny Nash on his 1972 album I Can See Clearly Now. The following year, Marley and the Wailers re-recorded the song for their album Catch a Fire.

The Wailers performed the song on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973 during their first trip to the UK.[2]

"Stir It Up" was Marley's first successful song outside Jamaica. Another song written by Bob Marley, "I Shot The Sheriff", was made a hit by Eric Clapton on the album 461 Ocean Boulevard, July 1974. Marley's first "own" international hit, "No Woman No Cry", was released on the Bob Marley and the Wailers album Live!, December 1975.

Chart history (Johnny Nash cover) [ edit ]

The Black Sorrows' version [ edit ]

"Stir It Up"
Single by The Black Sorrows
from the album The Chosen Ones - Greatest Hits
Released September 1, 1993 (1993-09-01)
Format CD single
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:34
Label CBS
Songwriter(s) Bob Marley
Producer(s) Joe Camilleri
The Black Sorrows singles chronology
"Sweet Inspiration"

"Stir It Up"

"Snake Skin Shoes"


In September 1993, Australian band The Black Sorrows released a version of the song. It became a hit, peaking at number 20 in New Zealand, the band's highest charting single in that territory. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1994, Joe Camilleri was nominated for Producer of the Year for his work on this song, losing out to Tony Cohen.

Track listing [ edit ]

CD single (Columbia 660 105-2)
  1. "Stir It Up" – 3:34
  2. "Ain't Love the Strangest Thing" (acoustic) – 4:10
  3. "Come On, Come On" (acoustic) – 2:50

Charts [ edit ]

Chart (1993–94) Peak

Australia (ARIA)[10] 58
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 53
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 20

Other cover versions [ edit ]

The song was included in the soundtrack to the 1993 film Cool Runnings as track 3 on the soundtrack album. The film version was performed by Jamaican singer-songwriter Diana King.

Other covers include

References [ edit ]

  1. ^
  2. ^ The Old Grey Whistle Test (DVD). Warner Home Video. 2003.
  3. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, May 5, 1973
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Stir It Up". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 171.
  7. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 13, 2017). "Image : RPM Weekly".
  8. ^
  9. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 29, 1973
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  11. ^ " – The Black Sorrows – Stir It Up". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  12. ^ " – The Black Sorrows – Stir It Up". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  13. ^ Gordon, Diane (January 1999). "Gilberto Gil - Quanta Live". Jazz Times.
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