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Born in South London 12th December 1960 Peter Hunnigale was to
develop into one of Britain's most formidable Reggae artist of our
It was clear at a tender age Hunningale’s main interest was
in music and being born of Jamaican parentage he was exposed and
influenced by music of West Indian culture.
Growing up in Britain meant that Hunningale was also opened to other
genre’s in music and with seeing the popular acts of the day
performing on television and hearing the songs on Radio, Hunningale
knew what he wanted to be.
There were very few places where one could nurture their talents
during the 60’s so Hunningale had to wait until secondary
school before he would be able to learn basic guitar chords and
discover other students with the same interests as himself. It was
at secondary school in South London where Hunningale met Fitzroy
Blake who was to become the recording engineer for Hunningale’s
earlier hits. Their interests in music took Hunningale and Blake
through the basic rudiments of recording and making records and
learning the skills needed to develop their talents as professionally
At the end of their academic years Blake took on work as tape operator
at De Wolfe Studio in Wardour St. London, whilst Hunningale continued
to learn his craft as a guitarist and both saw further encouragement
in the wake of the Lovers Rock phenomena.
Hunningale’s first recordings were at De Wolfe Studio where
Blake was given free studio- time on weekends and being in such
a privileged circumstance they both were exposed to a professional
level of playing and recording music. The first record to be released
from that period was a song written by Hunningale called “Slipping
Away” (circa 1980 LGR records) and was to be the beginning
of a long line of hits to follow from this prolific exponent of
British Reggae music. “Dancin’ Time” was the next
release Hunningale was to appear on teaming up with Raymond Simpson,
a much-respected vocalist by many. The song was recorded at ‘Vibes
Corner Studio’ the brainchild of Fitzroy Blake and Raymond
Simpson. Consisting mainly of British local talent, the studio was
like a workshop and was an ideal environment for Hunningale to improve
on his skills as a musician and to practice his vocal techniques
which was seen as an important factor to any of the in-house productions.
“Dancin’ Time” was the only record released from
Vibes Corner and the studio would eventually close not long after.
This gave birth to the idea of creating a new label, as both Hunningale
and Blake were still a team producing material and still eager to
continue their chosen profession so it was not long before ‘Street
Vibes Records’ was formed.
“Got to get to know you” c/w “Money Money”
was Street Vibes Records first issue but did very little to bring
any further awareness to the talents of the outfit. It would be
some time before Street Vibes released a second recording.
During the period outside of the studio productions Hunningale and
Blake took on the role of session and live work with Reggae legends
such as “The Chosen few” “The Pioneers”
“B B Seaton” and many others while earning the respect
of their peers as a competent Bassist and qualified engineer. The
live commitments were a new direction in Hunningale’s career
and taught him live performance protocol.
Production was still the main feature of the duo’s forte,
so armed with a 4 track quarter-inch machine, desk, keyboards and
guitars Hunningale and Blake continued to produce material and it
was not long before “Giving myself away” was recorded
and released on the Street Vibes Label and became the first entry
for Peter in the then ‘Black Echoes’ charts. The song
got to number 24 and received positive response from sales and media
sources and gave the partners the platform they needed.
1986 was the year Peter Hunnigale firmly established his name as
the industry’s most promising newcomer charting with a song
called “Be my lady” (1986) and achieving the respectful
position of number 4 in the Echoes charts and again featuring on
the Street Vibes label. The path was set for a flurry of songs written
and performed by Hunningale proving his talents as a recording artist
and displaying the production qualities of Street Vibes. “Fool
for you” “Let’s get it together” “It's
like happiness” “Mr. Vibes” “Heart of steel”
were some of the title’s released by the outfit and prompted
Hunningale’s first album entitled “In this time”
which featured new elements in the team. Tuca Rainbow, (percussion)
& Delroy ‘Fluty’ Clarke (keyboard's & horns)
were the formal additions to the Street Vibes camp.
After its launch, “In this time” came to rest at the
number 1 position in the album charts and gained Hunningale notoriety
for consistency and quality in his recordings and was quoted to
be one of Britain's finest singer/songwriters in Reggae music.
Inevitably awards followed, marking the respect Hunningale had gained
for his music, so 1987 saw Hunningale collect his first accolade
at the Celebrity Awards ceremony held in London, for best newcomer.
Within the same year he was presented with a second award at the
British Reggae Industry ceremony, for best British Reggae album.
More recordings followed and with his growing popularity began co-writing
and producing other artists from the industry. A DJ/Singer partnership
was born from the notable success of “Raggamuffin girl”
with Tippa Irie. It stole the number one position in the charts
and won the duo record of the year (1989) in Black Echoes Magazine.
They also received an award at the British Reggae industry ceremony
for reaching number one (1989). Two albums were recorded making
official the new partnership between Hunningale and Irie. “New
Decade” (Mango records) and “Done cook and curry”
(Tribal bass records) was once again a new direction in Hunningale’s
career and his partner Tippa Irie was quite a formidable artist
in his own right which led the team to different areas within the
1990, Hunningale recorded his first single in Jamaica entitled “A
Love like this” at the courtesy of Augustus”Gussie”
Clarke (Music Works) but was mainly only available on the “Massive
compilations” produced by Level Vibes Records in the UK.
At this stage Hunningale had firmly established himself in the market
with chart topping hits such as “Mr. Vibes,” “Heavenly,”
“Time for love,” “Seeing is believing,”
and “Heart of Steel” which eventually culminated into
his second solo album entitled “Mr.Vibes” all recorded
for the Street Vibes label but released by Arawak Records in 1992
as an album.
Although by this time the British Reggae Industry had moved on from
the Lovers Rock era and Jamaican Dance hall became the theme, Hunnigale
still maintained his brand and level of music much to his own benefit
as this now placed him as a unique alternative in the market. A
third album was released upon signing to Down to Jam Records (London)
entitled “Nah Give Up” (1995) containing more singles
recorded by Hunningale and featuring songs for other producers.
Two tracks, which appeared on the Nah give up album made British
Reggae history. “Perfect lady” recorded and released
by Fashion records and “Baby- Please” recorded and released
by Saxon records both achieved the number one slot consecutively
in the Echoes charts 1994, each changing positions with themselves
from 1-2 and visa versa. As recognition of this remarkable event
Hunningale received no less than three awards at the BRI 14th Annual
Awards Ceremony 1995 for the year 1994. Best song / Best songwriter
and Best Male Singer. BBC 3 counties radio hosted by Crucial Robbie
also furnished Hunningale with the Best British Male Vocalist Award
for 1994 at its ceremony.
Hunningale had recorded and produced the Arsenal football club 1994
Coca Cola cup double anthem “Shouting for the Gunners”
along with DJ partner Tippa Irie which was released by London records
1994, and reached the top Forty in the national chart. Arsenal went
on to win both matches!
Legendary pop icon Gilbert O’ Sulivan was one of many who
also commissioned Hunningale to remix his 1970’s hit “Why
oh Why. O’Sulivan noted the song as a perfect fit even though
the track was performed in true Lovers Rock style.
“Nah Give up” was yet to bear more fruits as it won
the first MOBO Awards best Reggae album category 1996 and also the
Black Music Awards within the same year.
Huningale won more awards during the same period for Best Male Vocalist
and best single “Share your love” with fellow artists
Nerious Joseph / Mafia & Fluxy and Glamour Kid (Passion) released
by (Jet Star records) at the 1996 People’s Awards ceremony
and again in 1997 for Best Male Vocalist. More albums were to follow
“The Pacifists” (Sony records) “Mr.Government”(Ariwa)
“Reggae Max” (Jet Star Records) “Silly Habits”
(Jamming) “Genuine” (Saxon records) and “Back
to the old school” - (Disco Tex Records) all between (1996
- 98). “African Tears” “Going out of my head”
“Lets be Friends” “Find a way” the “Dennis
Brown Tribute” recording featuring the British Reggae Industry
were more singles performed By Hunningale on the run up to the Millenium
year 1999 and is hailed by his peers as Britain’s Premier
and number one Reggae Singer / songwriter to date.
Peter Hunningale has toured throughout the world from Australia,
Japan, Jamaica (Reggae Sunsplash) UK, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Paris,
New York and California to name but a few, and have performed alongside
Reggae legends the likes of Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Alton
Ellis, The Chosen Few And The Pioneers.