1960s Jamaica - ska and rocksteady
1960s Jamaican music has had a big influence on mainstream pop music. The dance styles ska and rocksteady were the precursors of reggae.
Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica around 1966.
Rocksteady was the dominant style of music in Jamaica for nearly two years, performed by many of the artists who helped establish reggae.
The term rocksteady comes from a popular (slower) dance style mentioned in the Alton Ellis song 'Rocksteady'.