Most Jamaican recordings I found are by male singers.
And if I find something with a girly name (Lynn, Ambelique) they turn out to be men too.
But I managed to find two female versions, and both have a go at an Irish winner.
A popular record is 'All kinds of everything' by Peggy and the Cimmarons. Her version of the 1970 winner has a sort of upbeat feel which is both charming and innocent.
The original 7"inch single features the vocal version and an instrumental version and is a bit of a collectable. (Trojan TR 7752, Jamaica 1970)
The single was released in several other countries too, sometimes only mentioning Peggy or spelling Cimmarons as Cimarrons.
Another Irish winner that got the reggae makeover is Johnny Logans 1987 song 'Hold Me Now' by Tanya Stephens.
I found this track on a compilation album 'Pure Lovers' (Jetstar Phonographic records) but it was also released on a Tanya Stephens 12"inch single.
Tanya Stephens has her own MySpace and Hold me now is an early recording for her.
There's two versions by female singers I'm still looking for.
Fermena - Come what may (Après toi) + b-side version by Fermena & Ranny
If anyone can help me with these, please drop me an e-mail or comment.
P.S. A Jamaican interpretation of Riki Sorsa's Reggae O.K. still has to be found………