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April 09, 2013, 12:56 AM
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One cultural oddity is that ska music, a Jamaican forerunner to reggae and, on its own, a dance music that recurrently becomes a craze in the U.S. every decade or two, was introduced to the American public by Annette Funicello with her 1964 hit "Jamaica Ska." 

It`s not as good as late 1960s ska songs like Desmond Dekker`s "The Israelites" or Toots and the Maytals` "Pressure Drop," not to mention first revival ska songs like the English Beat`s "Mirror in the Bathroom" or Madness`s "One Step Beyond," or second revival hits like Rancid`s "Time Bomb," but "Jamaica Ska" was on AM radio in America in 1964.

Ska is unusual in that it`s a dance music genre that became increasingly monopolized by straight guys.