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August 15, 2008: Bob Andy
Bob Andy was born as Keith Anderson in 1944. He got his start in the music business as a founding member of the Paragons. Also in the group was John Holt, and after a fall out, John Holt went on to Treasure Isle and Bob Andy stuck with Studio One. B ob Andy primarily made his name as a songwriter, but also recorded at Studio One. In 1969, he headed to Federal for a period and also recorded with Rupie Edwards while making occasional trips back to record with Coxsone Dodd. Subsequently, he hooked up with Harry J, who had him record the Nina Simone remake "Young Gifted and Black" with Marcia Griffiths and Norris Weir. This led to further work with Marica Griffiths and producer Harry J. In 1974, Marcia moved on to join the I-Threes who backed Bob Marley and the Wailers and Bob Andy went back to being a solo artist. After a break from the music industry, he hooked up with Sonia Pottinger for the album "Lots of Love and I".
For this show, I start out with one of the most crucial Bob Andy created tunes, "Unchained" with the original Studio One version, the remake from Channel One, and other takes from Winston McAnuff and Don Carlos with producer Niney. Then on to another tune from the Brentford Road days, "My Time" and its Niney produced remake with Dennis Brown and Big Youth on vocals, followed by the Augustus Clarke take on the tune. After that, my favorite Bob Andy & Sonia Pottinger collaboration "The Ghetto Stays On The Mind". Following this, more Dodd produced material, "Always Together" with Marcia Griffiths, "Desperate Lover", "Going Home" with its Gussie produced remakes, "Feeling Soul", " I've Got To Go Back Home" and "Too Experienced". After this run, we get into cuts, including the Stud io One answer from the Heptones, a Prince Buster version and a Lee Perry remake.