Friday, April 10, 2009

ഉ EDDY GRANT, Livin On The Frontline|Killer On The Rampage|I Don't Wanna Dance|Electric Avenue|Romancing The Stone|Gimme Hope Joanna|

Eddy Grant born Edmond Montague "Eddy" Grant (born 5 March 1948) in Plaisance, Guyana, then a British colony in South America is a British reggae musician. When he was still a young boy, his parents relocated to London, UK, where he settled. He lived in Kentish Town and went to school at the Acland Burghley Secondary Modern at Tufnell Park.

In 1979, Grant scored a hit "Living on the Frontline" under a distribution deal with Columbia Records, which bought the masters to all of his recordings with the Equals and set up a record pressing plant. In 1981, Grant relocated to Barbados and built the Blue Wave studio complex. Around this time, Grant moved Ice Records distribution in Europe to RCA and recorded the album, Killer on the Rampage. The relationship with RCA proved particularly fruitful as the album would spawn his hits "I Don't Wanna Dance" and "Electric Avenue". Both of these tracks made the UK Top five, with "I Don't Wanna Dance" going to number one in the UK chart in September / October 1982.

In 1984, Grant had a minor hit single in the U.S. With his original song written to accompany the Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner film, Romancing the Stone. Despite being commissioned by the film's producers, all but the guitar solo would be cut from the film during its final edit. The song did not appear on its soundtrack.Grant released the song as a single with the original video that featured scenes from the film until it was re-edited without the Romancing the Stone clips.

His later single, "Gimme Hope Jo'anna", during the apartheid regime ("Joanna" stood for Johannesburg, South Africa) was a song about apartheid in that country, and was subsequently banned by it.

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