Barry Boom

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Barry Boom
Birth name Paul Robinson
Genres Reggae, Lovers Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active Early 1980s–present
Labels Fashion
Merger
MCA
Associated acts One Blood

Barry Boom (born Paul Robinson) is a reggae singer and record producer from London.

Paul Robinson was a member of the reggae group One Blood in the 1980s along with his brothers Errol, Jerry, Ewan & Trevor until the group broke up after Errol's death.[1][2] One Blood released two albums in 1982 - In Love and Super Showcase. He also worked as a producer and songwriter for other artists, including the debut album by Maxi Priest and Philip Papa Levi's "Mi God Mi King" single (the first single by a UK-born artist to reach number one in Jamaica).[1][3] After One Blood, he worked with Sly & Robbie before pursuing a solo career under the name Barry Boom, which he had previously used as a pseudonym for his production work.[1] He signed to Fashion Records and his first solo releases in 1989 included reggae number ones with "Making Love" and "Number One Girl", and "Hurry Over".[1][2] His debut solo album, The Living Boom followed in 1990, featuring his three big hits from the previous year. He followed this with Trust Me in 1993, and signed to MCA Records for Taste of Things to Come in 1997.

Discography[edit]

  • The Living Boom (1990), Fine Style/Fashion
  • Trust Me (1993), Merger
  • Taste of Things to Come (1997), Victor/MCA
Compilations
  • The Best of Barry Boom (1996), Sony

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 33
  2. ^ a b Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) The Rough Guide to Reggae, 3rd edn., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4, p. 396
  3. ^ Huey, Steve "Maxi Priest Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation