"Stir It Up" is a song composed by Bob Marley in 1967 and first recorded by his group The Wailers that year and issued as a single. The song was later covered by American singer Johnny Nash on his 1972 album I Can See Clearly Now album. The next year, Marley and the Wailers then re-recorded the song for their album Catch a Fire.
The Wailers performed the song on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973 during their first trip to the UK.
"Stir It Up" was Marley's first successful song outside Jamaica. Another song written by Bob Marley, "I Shot The Sheriff", was made a hit by Eric Clapton on the album 461 Ocean Boulevard, July 1974. Marley's first "own" international hit, "No Woman No Cry", was released on the Bob Marley and the Wailers album Live!, December 1975.
Chart history (Johnny Nash cover)
|US Billboard Hot 100
|US Cash Box 
The Black Sorrows' version
In September 1993, Australian band The Black Sorrows released a version of the song. It became a hit, peaking at number 20 in New Zealand, the band's highest charting single in that territory. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1994, Joe Camilleri was nominated for Producer of the Year for his work on this song, losing out to Tony Cohen.
- CD single (Columbia 660 105-2)
- "Stir It Up" - 3:34
- "Ain't Love the Strangest Thing" (acoustic) - 4:10
- "Come On, Come On" (acoustic) - 2:50
Other cover versions
The song was included in the soundtrack to the 1993 film Cool Runnings as track 3 on the soundtrack album. The film version was performed by Jamaican singer-songwriter Diana King.
Other covers include
- ^ The Old Grey Whistle Test (DVD). Warner Home Video. 2003.
- ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, May 5, 1973
- ^ "The Irish Charts - Search Results - Stir It Up". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
- ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
- ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-1993. Record Research. p. 171.
- ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 13, 2017). "Image : RPM Weekly".
- ^ Musicoutfitters.com
- ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 29, 1973
- ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
- ^ "Offiziellecharts.de - The Black Sorrows - Stir It Up". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- ^ "Charts.org.nz - The Black Sorrows - Stir It Up". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- ^ Gordon, Diane (January 1999). "Gilberto Gil - Quanta Live". Jazz Times.