Bob Andy – A life for music.

Keith Anderson or Bob Andy was born in Jamaica on October 28, 1944. He was one of the most respected vocalists and composers among the musical stars of Kingston Island and widely regarded as a handful lyricist. Bob Andy before all the explosive personal success in his solo career was part and was one of the founding members of the group (The Paragons), alongside Tyrone Evans and Howard Barrett. Where later, another legend called John Holt joined the group. The Paragons recorded several hits for producer Coxsone Dodd, including featured “Love At Last” written by Andy. Her first solo single “I’ve Got to Go Back Home,” which would later be included on the 1970 album (Bob Andy’s Song Book) breaks record on Jamaican radio in 1966 followed by “Desperate Lover ”,” Feeling Soul ” , “Unchained,” & “Too Experienced”, among others. Andy also composed impactful lyrics for other reggae artists who even elevated his career as (composer and lyricist as mentioned above) including “I Don’t Want to See You Cry “from Ken Boothe,” Feel Like Jumping “, ” Truly,” and “Melody Life” for Marcia Griffiths. In the late 1960s Bob Andy ran more hits like “Going Home,” “Unchained,” “Feeling Soul,” “My Time,” “The Ghetto Stays in the Mind,” and “Feel the Feeling”. In the 70s, he made a duet with Márcia Griffiths and together with producer Harry J they won the United Kingdom with the hits “Young ”, ” Gifted and Black” and “Pied Piper.” Now a curiosity, Bob Andy took a break from his career and went on to be an actor appearing in the feature films (Children of Babylon) of 1980, & (The Mighty Quinn) of 1989. following with the musical part rasta moved to London, where he worked as a producer and recorded with Mad Professor, and later left for Miami, in 1997 he released a new album, ” Hangin Tough ”, produced by Willie Lindo. Keith Anderson like all rasta preaches that Africa is the land of repatriation, so the Jamaican went on his first tour and spread the message in the motherland (Africa) for the first time in 2005 performing on Bob Marley’s sixty birthday in Addis Abeba, still there (Ethiopia) was invited and sang at the President’s Palace and gave charity concerts to the Twelve Tribes organization in the Rastafari movement settlement in Shashamane. With some delay, the Jamaican government finally awarded him ‘Order of Distinction’ Keith “Bob Andy” Anderson in October 2006 for his contributions to the development of Jamaican music. In July of two thousand and eighteen Andy was once again awarded the prize for one of the most famous Jamaican festivals in history, Reggae Sumfest. This honor (Sumfest Inpire Awards) excels for all those Jamaican icons that gave support to the industry and its local music, in addition to its support for the annual Festival that happened without interruptions since 1993 and Mr. Keith Anderson (Bob Andy) was greeted and awarded by his respectful musical trajectory that includes all the transformations of Jamaican music (from Ska to reggae roots) and clearly for his massive support in past editions of ”Reggae Sumfest. ” In Brazil he appeared for the first and only time in 2012 when alongside Márcia Griffits, Lloyd Parks, Kenyatta Hill and Ken Boothe were the main attractions of the last edition of the Maranhão Roots reggae Festival. Rest in peace legend. By We are all warriors

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