ON SUNDAY, June 29, 2014, Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths was celebrating 50 years in the audio small business and she had brought along a impressive army of veterans from Jamaica to help her mark this musical milestone at Groovin In The Park 2014. Amongst her pals were being Judy Mowatt, Ken Boothe, who had replaced an ailing John Holt at the time, Tony Gregory, Woman G, and singer-songwriter Bob Andy.
The iconic Andy had toured the environment many instances with Griffiths, carrying out at big festivals and concert events all over Europe, Japan, South The usa and Canada, but this was his extremely first functionality at an out of doors concert in New York point out and he was sensation great.
“I am energized to accomplish for my followers in New York,” Andy told Groovin Radio host Clement ‘Ras Clem’ Hume in the course of an job interview on WVIP, ninety three.5 FM a few weeks prior to the festival.
The day of the party was a photo-ideal summer season day in Queens, New York, and countless numbers of audio fans had taken up early positions at the Roy Wilkins Park. Completing the impressive line-up were being LUST Chronixx, reggae luminary Beres Hammond, and Australian pop duo Air Offer. Bob Andy, who was dressed in blue slacks, a extended-sleeved white shirt and dim shades, commanded the phase from his first be aware, belting out Studio One hits Way too Experienced and My Time. He was afterwards joined by his lifelong close friend Marcia, and the two pounded the park with their chart-topping sing-along strike songs Always With each other and Young Gifted & Black. Andy’s and Marcia’s musical journey dated back to the 1960s. The duo, recognized as Bob and Marcia, originally recorded for Studio One and afterwards for producer Harry J. Young Gifted & Black, a Nina Simone protect which was recorded for Studio One, ended up at quantity five on the Uk singles chart and marketed half a million copies in the Uk and Europe.
Again on phase in New York, Andy had observed a groove and followers were being loving his functionality with the 809 Band. Reggae historian and tour manager Copeland Forbes was charged weeks earlier with the obligation to organise for the initial 809 Band from Jamaica, with Mikey Fletcher on bass, drummer Paul Kastick, Christopher Birch on keyboards, Leebert ‘Gibby’ Morrison, Winston ‘Boo Pee’ Bowen on guitar, Dean Fraser on saxophone, Ronald ‘Nambo’ Robinson, and Junior ‘Chico’ Chin on trumpet to back the veterans. And what a musical deal with it was!
“This demonstrate is simply awesome,” Yvette Clarke, US congresswoman from Brooklyn, claimed in the course of the concert. Clarke had appear out with her mother, Dr Una Clarke, to delight in the Sunday concert, and to bring New York congressional proclamations for quite a few of the veteran artistes, which includes Bob Andy.
Born Keith Anderson, Bob’s contribution to the reggae style spans extra than half a century. In the 1960s, he joined the famous Paragons, which he co-established with Tyrone Evans and Howard Barrett. He afterwards emerged as a solo star with the smash strike I have Received to Go Again House that was introduced in 1966. Amongst his other accomplishments were being the release of albums Bob Andy’s Track Reserve (1970) and his Tons of Adore and I (1977) – with singles Unchained, Ghetto Stays in the Mind and Really feel the Emotion. Andy’s achievements did not go unnoticed as he was honoured by Rockers Magazine in 1989 with a Life span Accomplishment Award. Two years afterwards, the Canadian Reggae Audio Awards in Toronto honoured him as well. He was named a ‘Living Legend’ at the Reggae/Soca Awards in Miami in 1997, and was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Jamaica in 2003. In 2006, he was conferred with the Purchase of Distinction by the Governing administration of Jamaica
Irrespective of his 2014 functionality, Andy’s want was to a single day accomplish at Groovin In The Park as a solo artiste.
“Just don’t forget this, I have still to participate in Groovin In The Park,” Andy told Hume when the two ran into just about every other at Rebel Salute in 2018.
Regretably, that want was hardly ever fulfilled as the ailing singer passed away on Friday, March 27, at his Stony Hill, St Andrew property. He was seventy six.