B.B. Seaton

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B.B. Seaton
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Background information
Birth name Harris Lloyd Seaton
Born (1944-09-03) 3 September 1944 (age 69)
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Ska, rocksteady, reggae
Occupations Singer, record producer
Instruments vocals
Years active 1960–present
Labels Metronome Music / Soul Beat Records
Associated acts Winston & Bibby
The Gaylads
The Astronauts
Conscious Minds
The Messengers (group)

Harris Lloyd "B.B." Seaton (born 3 September 1944, Kingston, Jamaica), also known as "Bibby", is a Jamaican reggae singer and record producer who was a member of The Gaylads, The Astronauts, Conscious Minds, and The Messengers (along with Ken Boothe, Lloyd Charmers and Busty Brown), and who has had a long solo career dating back to 1960.

Biography[edit]

Seaton first recorded as a solo artist in 1960 before forming the duo Winston & Bibby with Winston Delano Stewart.[1][2][3] The duo were joined by Maurice Roberts and became The Gaylads, although Seaton soon left to join The Astronauts.[1] Seaton rejoined The Gaylads towards the end of the ska era, and they became hugely successful in Jamaica, and their success continued when they were reduced to a duo after Stewart departed. Seaton left in 1972 and restarted his solo career, having several solo hits the same year with "Accept My Apology", "Sweet Caroline", "Lean on Me", and "Thin Line Between Love and Hate".[1]

Seaton was the first reggae artist to be signed by Virgin Records, leading to the creation of the Front Line label.[2] He became based in the United Kingdom in the mid-1970s where he became active as a producer, his productions including the Gun Court Dub series of dub albums.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • The Great Ken Boothe Meets BB Seaton & The Gaylads (1971), Jaguar - Ken Boothe, B.B. Seaton, and The Gaylads
  • Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1973), Trojan
  • Dancing Shoes (1974), Virgin
  • Colour is not the Answer (1976), Jama
  • I'm Aware of Love (1979), Roots Music International
  • B.B. Seaton Sings the Golden Hits of the Gaylads (1981), Ayana
  • Everyday People (1985), Revue/Creole
  • Wish Me Luck (1989), Challenge Records UK
  • Just One Moment (1993), Soul Beat
  • In Control (1995), Soul Beat
  • Unbeaten (2002)
  • Reggae Land (2006)
  • Ready For The World (2009)
  • I Love Reggae (2013)

Compilations[edit]

  • Greatest Hits (1996), Rhino
  • Rootically Yours (2000), Soul Beat
  • Seal of Approval (2003), Soul Beat - B.B. Seaton & The Gaylads
  • After All This Time: The Anthology 1972-1989 (2007), Soul Beat

Productions[edit]

  • Gun Court Dub (1975), Love
  • Revolutionary Dub (1976), Trenchtown
  • Gun Court Dub vol. 2 (????), Soul Beat[year missing]
  • Gun Court Dub vol. 3 (????), Soul Beat[year missing]
  • Gun Court Dub vol. 4 (2001), Soul Beat

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Greene, Jo-Ann "Greatest Hits Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  2. ^ a b c Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 264.
  3. ^ Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, p. 340.

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