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This guide is a list of works by and about Jackie Opel, Barbados' father of Spouge, which are located in the Elizabeth Watson Audio Visual Unit, at UWI Cave well as supporting online materials




This great musical icon has been called the ‘Father of Spouge” in Barbados.  Activities surrounding Opel’s birthday in recent times have bemoaned the limited national recognition and significance which has been rendered to the musical genius.  The Elizabeth Watson Audiovisual Unit has within its holdings a significant number of  Opel's works which are listed here.  This guide serves as a pathfinder for works by and about Jackie Opel which can be found in the libraries of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, along with some open online resources, images and sound bites.





  • A love to share / Jackie Opel, Ferdie Nelson

 Sound track : Tears from my eyes / A love to share / Valley of green (take 1) / Sometimes I wonder /  Pictures of smoke / Every word I say is true / Take your time / Turn to the Almighty (incomplete take 1) /Turn to the Almighty (take 2) / Valley of green (take 2) / Ferdie Nelson: Lonely and blue boy (yours) / Weeping and wailing / War and strife / Birds and bees / Certainly

  • Cave Shepherd Caribbean Classics: a Centennial Celebration 1906 - 2006
  • Go Ska go

Sound track : Man in the street/ Simmer down / Shining light / Push wood / Wonder no more/ Bongo tango / Sucu sucu / 20.75 / Stop making love / How many times / Roll on sweet Don / Sit down servant /-- Go Jimmy go/ Stew peas and corn-flakes /Answer me my darling / River Jordan / Salt lane shuffle /Jeannie girl / Lonely moments

  • History of Ska : The Golden years '58-65

Sound track : Time to cry / Pity the fool / King Liger / Push wood / My sweet lover / Go away / Turn your lamp down / You are no good / I'll get along / Wipe these tears / Don't take your love away / Hairy mango / Cock mouth kill cock / Mildred

Sound track : You send me -- You're no good -- Welcome you back home -- Forever & ever -- Live and let live -- You set my soul on fire -- Cry me river -- Tears from my eyes -- Fly me to the moon -- Higher and higher -- Lonely tear -- I'm in love again -- Every word I say is true



  • Worrell's captaincy (lyrics) / composed by Jackie Opel (Dalton Bishop) [1963] WIC Pamphlets

  • Re/examining cricket, migration and race through the lens of Jackie Opel's Worrell's captaincy/ Elizabeth F. Watson.  WIC Pamphlets

  • Like an invasion when the West Indies landed in England : an examination of Jackie Opel's calypso - Worrell's Captaincy / Elizabeth F. Watson. WIC Pamphlets


  • A love to share & Picture of smoke

  • Dick Tracy / Skatalites & My girl /Jackie Opel

  • Don't let her go / Jackie Opel and the Troubadours

  • Don't mind my business and I take your hand / Jackie Opel accompanied by Ken Charles and The Stereotones

  • Everyday & I love you / The Avalons and Jackie Opel

  • Every word I say is true

  • Every word I say is true / I'm in love again

  • Go whey & Shelter the storm

  • History of Ska : the golden years '58 - '65

  • I am what I am & Devil’s bug

  • Live desire & Take your time / Roland Alphonso.  Jackie Opel (composer)

  • Mabella /Lost love

  • More wood (Put wood in the fire) & Done with a friend

  • One more chance/ Jackie Opel & Welcome you back home / Scorcher and Jackie and Doreen

  • Push wood & Nobody’s business


  • Push wood / Jackie Opel and Scorcher

  • Recollections. Vol. I Bajan classics

    • Sound track : Another try / So nice to be with you / Stick by me / In a long white room / Flamingo / Barbados my island of dreams / Sweet Caroline / Sarah / Yours sincerely / Heaven on earth / Best part of my day / Lucy's door / What about you / Bet your life I do / Faith / Young girls / I only have eyes for you / Merry Boys featuring Frank Mosbaugh / I'm depending on you / Strange / Never my love

  • Rudie get wise and I don’t want her/ Jackie Opel and the  Soul Boys

  • Solid rock & Stay by me

  • Spouge alive

Sound track : Wake up the love / Dancing shoes / I'll always love you / Blame my heart / Come into my life / Sweet as candy / Stick by me / Falling in love again / Spouge rocks / Reach out and touch me

  • Stand by me / Hortense and Jackie & Solid rock / Jackie Opel

  • Staying alive & You send me

  • Step down & Turn to the Almighty / Roland Alphonso and Joshua Rosen. Jackie Opel (composer)

  • Tear up / Skatalites & Turn the light down low / Scorcher and Jackie

  • Tears from my eyes & Nonstop (alternative mix) / Jackie Opel

  • This is Jamaica ska

Sound track : Simmer down / Salt lane gal/ Push wood / Wonder no more/ Bongo tango/ Sucu-sucu/ 20-75 / The vow / How many times/ Roll-on sweet Don/ Sit down servant /Go Jimmy go

  • Turn to the Almighty and Red is danger

  • TV in Jamaica & Worrell’s captaincy

  • Valley of green / Jackie Opel and Marcus Junior

  • Vintage spouge music nostagic hits. Vol 1. (A Tribute to Jackie Opel)

  • You can’t catch me & Freedom / Jackie Opel and C. Dodd

  • You can't catch me & Sit down servant / Jackie Opel and C. Dodd

  • You're no good & Tears from my eyes  / Jackie Opel accompanied by Syd Jones and the Gay Troubadours

  • You’re too bad & I’ll get along