Stir It Up

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"Stir It Up"
Single by Johnny Nash
from the album I Can See Clearly Now
B-side"Cream Puff"
ReleasedMarch 31, 1972
Format7" single
Recorded1972
GenreReggae
Length2:58
LabelEpic
Writer(s)Bob Marley
Johnny Nash singles chronology
"Cupid"
(1969)
"Stir It Up"
(1972)
"I Can See Clearly Now"
(1972)
 
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"Stir It Up"
Single by Johnny Nash
from the album I Can See Clearly Now
B-side"Cream Puff"
ReleasedMarch 31, 1972
Format7" single
Recorded1972
GenreReggae
Length2:58
LabelEpic
Writer(s)Bob Marley
Johnny Nash singles chronology
"Cupid"
(1969)
"Stir It Up"
(1972)
"I Can See Clearly Now"
(1972)
"Stir It Up"
Single by Bob Marley & The Wailers
from the album Catch a Fire
Released1973
Format7"
Recorded1967
GenreRocksteady, reggae
LabelWail'n Soul'm
Writer(s)Bob Marley
ProducerBob Marley & 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, written for his wife Rita, and first made popular by Johnny Nash. Nash's recording hit the top 15 in both Britain and America in 1972.

When Bob Marley returned to Jamaica from the United States in 1967, The Wailers started their own label, ‘Wail'n Soul'm’ records, and released their first independent single "Freedom Time" backed with "Bend Down Low." "Nice Time," "Hypocrites," "Mellow Mood," "Thank You Lord," and "Stir It Up" are all recorded in the same year.

The label folded shortly after and Marley began writing for American singer Johnny Nash. On Nash's I Can See Clearly Now album, he used members of The Wailers and recorded several Marley songs: "Stir It Up," the follow-up single, "Comma Comma," "Guava jelly," and the Nash / Marley co-written ballad, "You Poured Sugar on Me." The track "(It Was) So Nice While It Lasted" received radio play.

"Stir It Up" was Bob 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.

The Nash vinyl, 45 version of the song has appeared in CD format only once - TimeLife's "Sound of the Seventies: 1973 Take Two" CD. It includes several audio tracks that are not on the album version (e.g. the prominent vibraslap percussion), and some recorded at different levels, brass and strings in particular, which give the song a more recognizable sound, as it was this version that received radio play during the time the song was a hit, and not the album version. This was the version to receive radio play until the CD version was released. Other mixes eventually made it to vinyl 45 pressings, but thus far the original 45 mix still has not been released in an official digital version, other than the TimeLife CD.

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