Althea & Donna  

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Althea & Donna is a Jamaican reggae singing duo.


The young singers Althea Forrest (17), and Donna Reid (18), made a big surprise with their one-off hit, "Uptown Top Ranking". It was produced by Joe Gibbs based on the riddim of the Alton Ellis' song "I'm Still In Love" of 1967, which was already popularised by Marcia Aitken's cover "I'm Still In Love With You Boy" and the dub track "Three Piece Suit" by Trinity. It was released on the Lightning record label.

"Uptown Top Ranking" reached number one in the UK singles chart in February, 1978, after early championing by John Peel, but had only one week at the chart summit. Oddly the surprise was compounded by the act often being billed as "Althia & Donna", and the song sometimes entitled slightly differently, as "Up Town Top Ranking". The track was written by the duo and Errol Thompson. Althea & Donna thus became the youngest female duo to reach the pinnacle of the UK chart.

They released the album of the same name in 1978, but never met with any more tangible success thereafter.

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