Bob Andy (Jamaica) – Fire Burning

Bob Andy, cantante jamaiquino de reggae, falleció a los 75 años

El cantante jamaiquino de reggae Bob Andy falleció este viernes 27 de marzo por la mañana, a los 75 años de edad, después de sufrir una corta enfermedad.

Bob Andy formó parte importante del género raggae. Se le conoce por su famoso dúo con Marcia Griffiths “Young, Gifted and Black”, donde ambos se posicionaron ante la escena musical después de su hermoso performance. Su talento les otorgó el número 5 en el top de Reino Unido en el año 1970.

La persona que confirmó su fallecimiento precisamente fue Marcia Griffiths, ya que ella informó a las autoridades que había muerto este viernes a las 8:00 horas.

El cantante Andy nació en Kingston, Jamaica, donde empezó su carrera artística con grupos como Paragons y Binders, quienes eran reconocidos en los años sesenta.

Andy grabó con el productor Coxsone Dodd, en el Studio One, varias canciones que definieron el estándar de calidad en la música de reggae a partir de su música.

Además, el artista escribió varias canciones que fueron grabadas por artistas reconocidos en el género del reggae, tal como Gregory Isaacs, Ken Boothe y Delroy Wilson.

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Reggae icon Bob Andy has died

Reggae icon Bob Andy, one of Jamaica’s most celebrated songwriters, has died.

He passed away Friday morning about 8 am, Loop News was informed.

“Jamaica’s greatest songwriter is no longer with us,” promoter Michael Barnett, conceptualiser of the popular Heineken Startime series, confirmed.

Keith “Bob Andy” Anderson had reportedly been ailing for some time before he finally passed away.

Bob Andy had his first solo hit record in 1967, “I’ve Got to Go Back Home”, which was followed by “Desperate Lover”, “Feeling Soul”, “Unchained”, and “Too Experienced”. He also composed songs for other reggae artists, including “I Don’t Want to See You Cry” for Ken Boothe, and “Feel Like Jumping”, “Truly”, and “Melody Life” for Marcia Griffiths.

He had several hits in the late 1960s, including “Going Home”, “Unchained”, “Feeling Soul”, “My Time”, “The Ghetto Stays in the Mind”, and “Feel the Feeling”. Some of these, and his 1992 hit, “Fire Burning”, have come to be regarded as reggae standards and several have been covered several times by other artistes.

In the early 1970s, he recorded with Griffiths as Bob and Marcia, initially for Studio One, but later under producer “Harry J” Johnson’s tutelage. They had a major UK hit with “Young, Gifted and Black”, and he recorded “Pied Piper” , another top 20 UK hit, with Griffiths before they toured again.

Disillusioned with the industry, in 1978 Andy put his music career on hold and, after taking up creative dancing with the National Dance Theatre Company, concentrated on his career as an actor, starring in the films Children of Babylon in 1980, and The Mighty Quinn (1989).

He relocated to London, where he worked as a producer and recorded with Mad Professor, and later to Miami. The Jamaican government conferred the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) on the singer in October 2006 for his contributions to the development of Jamaican music.

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