@ the Indigo 02
27 October 2012
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Born 1947 although 1953 is also claimed, St. Andrew, Jamaica, West
Indies. Barry Biggs is a lovers rock specialist, who started his
professional career in 1968 with a version of Stevie Wonder’s
“My Cherie Amour” for his producer Harry J. Previously,
he had worked as a backing singer on mid-60s Coxsone Dodd productions
at Studio One, and with Duke Reid at Treasure Isle. He also spent
six months working with the Crystalites. Biggs subsequently made
the local Jamaican charts with “One Bad Apple” for the
Dynamic Sounds label, where he also worked as a producer and engineer.
However, it took a recording originally completed in 1972, “Work
All Day,” to break him internationally. From then on, he was
closely identified with the blend of sweet reggae and high-pitched
soul vocals the single introduced.
Although he amassed a total of six UK chart entries between 1976
and 1981, he only broke the UK Top 20 once, with the release of
“Sideshow,” distinguished by its low-key, distant production,
which reached number 3 in December 1976. There were also two albums
cut with Bunny Lee that were destined never to see the light of
day. However, both “Wide Awake In A Dream” (1980) and
“A Promise Is A Comfort To A Fool” (1982) topped the