Horace Andy

Horace Andy

Infobox musical artist

Img_capt = At Bestival 2007
Name = Horace Andy
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Horace Hinds
Alias = Sleepy
Born = Birth date and age|1951|2|19|df=y
Origin = Kingston, Jamaica
Instrument = vocals
Genre = Reggae
Years_active = 1967 - Present
Associated_acts = Massive Attack
Easy Star All-Stars

Horace Andy (born Horace Hinds, 19 February 1951, Allman Town, Kingston, Jamaica),Thompson, Dave (2002) "Reggae & Caribbean Music", Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6] is a roots reggae songwriter and singer, known for his distinctive vocals and hit songs such as "Government Land", "You Are My Angel", "Skylarking" and a cover version of "Ain't No Sunshine".


Hinds recorded his first single in 1967 for producer Phil Pratt. "This is a Black Man's Country" failed to make an impact, and it would be 1970 before he made a breakthrough. After unsuccesfully auditioning at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One as a duo along with Frank Melody, he successfully auditioned on his own a few days later. Dodd decided Hinds should record as Horace Andy, partly to capitalize on the popularity of Bob Andy, and partly to avoid comparisons with his cousin, Justin Hinds, with whom his singing style at the time showed a resemblance. "Got To Be Sure", the song he had auditioned with, became his first release for Studio One. The following two years saw the release of further singles such as "See a Man's Face", "Night Owl", "Fever", and "Mr. Bassie". One of Andy's most enduring songs, "Skylarking", first appeared on Dodd's "Jamaica Today" compilation album, but after proving a sound system success, it was released as a single, going on to top the Jamaican chart. The next few years saw Andy regularly in the charts with further singles for Dodd such as "Something on My Mind", "Love of a Woman", "Just Say Who", and "Every Tongue Shall Tell", as well as singles for other producers such as "Lonely Woman" (for Derrick Harriott), "Girl I Love You" (Ernest and Joseph Hoo Kim), "Love You to Want Me" and "Delilah" (Gussie Clarke), and "Get Wise", "Feel Good", and "Money Is The Root of All Evil" for Phil Pratt. Andy had a second Jamaican number one single in 1973 with "Children of Israel". Andy's most successful association with a producer, however, was with Bunny Lee in the middle part of the 1970s. This era produced a series of singles now regarded as classics such as a re-recorded "Skylarking", "Just Say Who", "Don't Try To Use Me", "You Are My Angel", "Zion Gate", "I've Got to Get Away", and a new version of "Something on My Mind".

In 1977, Andy moved to Hartford, Connecticut, United States, with his first wife, Claudette, where he recorded for Everton DaSilva, including the "In The Light" album and its associated dub album, and singles such as "Do You Love My Music" and "Government Land".Larkin, Colin (1998) "The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae", Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9] Andy set up his own "Rhythm" label, which became an outlet for his work with DaSilva. The association with the producer was brought to an abrupt end when DaSilva was murdered in 1979. Andy's 1978 album "Pure Ranking" had anticipated the rise of dancehall reggae, and he was a key figure in the early development of the genre, confirmed by 1982's "Dance Hall Style" album. Andy continued to record with a variety of producers in the first half of the 1980s. In 1985, with his second wife Caroline, he relocated to Ladbroke Grove, London, and he recorded in the United Kingdom as well as regularly visiting Jamaica for further recording work.

1990 saw Andy's profile further raised when he began collaborating with Bristol trip hop pioneers Massive Attack, going on to contribute to three of their albums, most notably with "Angel" (a new version of "You are My Angel"). In the mid-1990s he also worked with Mad Professor, releasing the albums "Life Is For Living" and "Roots and Branches". He continues to record new music, with the "Living in the Flood" album released in 1999 on Massive Attack's Melankolic record label, and "Mek It Bun" in 2002. He also featured on the world music project, 1 Giant Leap, and on the Easy Star All-Stars 2006 album, "Radiodread".

He is a Rastafarian. Some of his lyrics have been considered to be contentious regarding his stance on homosexuality: Andy has stated that Trojan Records only agreed to release his album "On Tour" after removing a track containing the lyrics, ‘The Father never make Adam and Steve, he make Adam and Eve.’ [Morris, Davina (2008, April 23). 'Interview: Horace Andy'. "United Reggae Online Reggae Magazine". Retrieved August 17, 2008, from http://www.unitedreggae.com/articles/print-140/] A song of Andy's has also been characterised as homophobic in a review from Stanford University radio station KZSU. [O., Sadie (2008, June 16) 'Horace Andy: Jah Is The One'. "KZSU Zookeeper Online Music Database". Retrieved August 17, 2008, from http://zookeeper.stanford.edu/index.php?s=byAlbumKey&n=872029&action=search&session=]


*"Skylarking" (1972) Studio One
*"You Are My Angel" (1973) Trojan
*"Earth Must Be Hell" (1974) Atra (with Winston Jarrett) aka "The Kingston Rock"
*"Earth Must Be Hell - Dub" (1974) Atra (with Winston Jarrett)
*"In The Light" (1977) Hungry Town
*"In The Light Dub" (1977) Hungry Town
*"Pure Ranking" (1978) Clocktower
*"Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy and U Black Inna Rub a Dub Style" (1980) Yard International (with Bim Sherman and U Black)
*"Natty Dread a Weh She Want" (1980) New Star
*"Unity Showcase" (1981) Pre (with Errol Scorcher)
*"Dance Hall Style" (1982) Wackies aka "Exclusively" (1982) Solid Groove
*"Showcase" (1984) Vista Sounds
*"Confusion" (1984) Music Hawk
*"Sings For You and I" (1985) Striker Lee
*"Clash of the Andy's" (1985) Thunderbolt (with Patrick Andy)
*"Elementary" (1985) Rough Trade
*"Reggae Superstars Meet" (1986) Striker Lee (with Dennis Brown)
*"From One Extreme To Another" (1986) Beta (with John Holt)
*"Haul & Jack Up" (1987) Live & Love
*"Fresh" (1988) Island In The Sun
*"Shame and Scandal" (1988)
*"Everyday People" (1988) Wackies
*"Rude Boy" (1993) Shanachie
*"Jah Shaka Meets Horace Andy" (1994) Jah Shaka Music
*"Dub Salute 1 Featuring Horace Andy" (1994) Jah Shaka Music
*"Seek and You Will Find" (1995) Blackamix International
*"Seek and You Will Find - The Dub Pieces" (1995) Blackamix International
*"Life Is For Living" (1995) Ariwa
*"Roots and Branches" (1997) Ariwa
*"See and Blind" (1998) Heartbeat
*"Living In The Flood" (1999) Melankolic
*"Mek It Bun" (2002) Wrasse
*"From the Roots: Horace Andy Meets Mad Professor" RAS
*"This World" (2005) Attack
*"Livin' It Up" (2007) Medium (with Sly & Robbie)
*"On Tour" (2008) Sanctuary


External links

* [http://people.freenet.de/coolascandy/disco.html Discography with reviews of some albums]
* [http://www.roots-archives.com/artist/48 Searchable discography at Roots Archives]
* [http://www.myspace.com/horaceandy1 Myspace page]

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