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Eddy Grant

Best known for 1982 hit, "Electric Avenue," Eddy Grant built a name and a legacy for himself through writing pop reggae songs with elements of Caribbean, rock and new wave. He met early success with The Equals, the UK's first successful mixed race act - famous for their international hit "Baby Come Back." After suffering a heart attack and leaving The Equals, Grant used his money wisely and opened the first black-owned recording studio in Europe, in addition to creating his record label, Ice Records. In 1977, after his first solo hit, "Living on the Front Line," (#11 UK) Grant would buy th ...read more

Best known for 1982 hit, "Electric Avenue," Eddy Grant built a name and a legacy for himself through writing pop reggae songs with elements of Caribbean, rock and new wave. He met early success with The Equals, the UK's first successful mixed race act - famous for their international hit "Baby Come Back." After suffering a heart attack and leaving The Equals, Grant used his money wisely and opened the first black-owned recording studio in Europe, in addition to creating his record label, Ice Records. In 1977, after his first solo hit, "Living on the Front Line," (#11 UK) Grant would buy the rights to his work with The Equals, giving him total ownership over his entire catalog of music, and making himself one of, if not the only major recording artist to own the rights to all of their work. He would continue to have successful singles, hitting his stride in 1982 with his breakout album "Killer on the Rampage." Spawning international chart-topping hits "Electric Avenue" (US #2, UK #2) and "I Don't Wanna Dance" (US #53, UK #1). He would see lesser success with "Romancing the Stone" (US #26, UK #52), for the movie, "Romancing The Stone" and his final top ten hit, "Gimme Hope Jo'anna," (UK #7) a call to end apartheid in South Africa. In 2001, a remix of "Electric Avenue" (UK #5) put Eddy temporarily back in the spotlight.

Eddy Grant is also recognized as the creator a few genres of music. Soca (soul and calypso) and Ringbang ( a hybrid of Caribbean styles). Grant's claim to soca is disputed by Lord Shorty, but nobody denies his creation of the Ringbang genre. Grant has worked to preserve the history of soca, Ringbang and classic calypso music through his Ice Records label by purchasing the catalogs of genre legends and re-releasing them to promote the Caribbean sound throughout the world. Through this preserving and re-releasing, Eddy Grant has come to find himself the worlds largest owner of rights to Caribbean music. « hide

Similar Bands: The Equals, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Midnight Oil

LPs
Killer on the Rampage
1982

3.5
3 Votes
Compilations
Road to Reparation - The Very Best of Eddy Grant
2008

3.1
5 Votes

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