CHAPTER 2:
MORTIMER PLANNO PRODUCTIONS

The role of Mortimer Planno, the leader of a rastafarian group in Jamaica, in the Wailers story is controversical. On one hand he is said to have been a major influence that the Wailers became rastafarians. One the other hand it was him who led the JAD people meet The Wailers. The Wailers recorded one song privately for him. The b-side is a song with supporting by some Wailers.

Selassie Is The Chapel

Re-working of “Crying In The Chapel”, written by Artie Glenn in the 20ies, recorded by his son Darell Glenn, a hit for Sonny Til and The Orioles in 1953, also recorded by Elvis Presley and a chart success in 1965. Adapted by Mortimer Planno.
Lead vocals by Bob Marley.
Harmonies by Peter Tosh, Rita Marley, Constantine Walker.
Kette drums by Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus, Peter Tosh on guitar.
Recorded at JBC Studio on June 8th 1968.
Jamaican 7-inch release: (Blank, white a-side and white b-side), 1968, a-side: Selassie Is The Chapel (Matrix: DYNA VR 238) (3,51) / b-side: A Little Prayer (limited to 26 copies with 12 sent to Ethiopia) There is a similar handwriting on all of the originals. A recording from this 7-inch is findable at “Original Acetates”. Another recording I have on rastaman collection I – Vol. 17 in EX-.
Jamaican 7-inch release: (Blank, white a-side and red b-side), 1978, a-side: Selassie Is The Chapel / b-side: A Little Prayer (limited release of circa 250) (Clive Chin told ND, that he repressed around 250 copies in 1978 for the Tuff Gong label. Because the original stamper was destroyed, the re-issue has the same skip as the single of which this release was made.)
French Maxi-CD release: JAD 474323-2, 1996: Sugar Sugar, Rock To The Rock, Black Progress, Selassie Is The Chapel
French LP release: The Complete Wailers 1967 – 1972 – Part I – Selassie Is The Chapel, JAD AB 06891, 1997 (3,53)
USA CD release: The Complete Wailers 1967 – 1972 – Part 2 – Selassie Is The Chapel, JAD CD 1002, 1998 (3,53)
French CD release: Rebel (3-CD-Box), EMI / Fifty Five 541 393-2, 2002 (3,49)
USA CD release: Fy-Ah, Fy-Ah, CD-Box, Universal, 2004 (3,52)

FOOTNOTE:

A Little Prayer (Mortimer Planno)

Written by Mortimer Planno.
Lead vocals by Mortimer Planno.
Harmonies by Rita Marley.
Guitar by Peter Tosh.
Recorded at JBC Studio on June 8th 1968.
Jamaican 7-inch release: (Blank), 1968, a-side: Selassie Is The Chapel / b-side: A Little Prayer (Matrix: DYNA VR 249)
A recording I have on rastaman collection I – Vol. 17 in VG++.
Jamaican 7-inch release: Tuff Gong, 1978, a-side: Selassie Is The Chapel / b-side: A Little Prayer (limited release of circa 250) see above.
French LP release: The Complete Wailers 1967 – 1972 – Part VI – Lonesome Feeling, JAD 542 222-1, 2002 (3,28)
French CD release: Rebel (3-CD-Box), EMI / Fifty Five 541 393-2, 2002 (3,28)
USA CD release: Fy-Ah, Fy-Ah, CD-Box, Universal, 2004 (3,28)