Big Mountain (band)
||This article may be written from a fan's point of view, rather than a neutral point of view. (March 2013)|
|Origin||San Diego, California, United States|
Big Mountain is an American Reggae/pop band, known for its cover version of Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way," which became a Top 10 hit single in the U.S. in early 1994 reaching number 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number-one on Mainstream Top 40, number 2 for the year of 1994 in the UK shortly afterwards and has remain for 18 consecutive years the number one most played on radio non-current hit song everyday worldwide.
The evolution of the BIG MOUNTAIN Reggae band started in the mid-80's as the California Reggae band Rainbow Warriors. In 1988 the lead singer Quino (pronounced Kino)decided to join as the lead singer of the band Shiloh San Diego, California/> In 1989 Shiloh secured their first record deal and put out one album titled "California Reggae". In 1991 the band was advised that Don Henley of the Eagles owned the Trademark for the name Shiloh. Since Quino had been spending a lot of his time studying the history of American Indian's and the struggles of indigenous tribes, Quino chose that if the band was named BIG MOUNTAIN, in interview they would be asked about the bands name and how it came about. This question would then permit Quino to speak in media outlets, such as, music radio, entertainment television and music news where there was a completely different forum for this type of news. Quino would spin his music interviews into news about the real struggles of indigenous people. In just about every interview, television, radio and print media, the interviewers would ask, "how did the name BIG MOUNTAIN come about?" Once the interviewer would ask the Question about the name BIG MOUNTAIN, Quino was now in position to inform the people listening or ready his interviews about the history and struggles of the Native American people. It was a brilliant vision on Quino's part to use the name BIG MOUNTAIN during his interviews as he would spin music interviews into a history lesson and current topics American Indians where going through. The BIG MOUNTAIN Reservation Arizona needed as many spokes people as possible to bring current news of the relocation of the elders and tribes people off of the BIG MOUNTAIN Reservation so the Peabody Mining Co could mine the reservation for coal.
In 1991 the original line-up including Joaquin McWhinney "Quino" (vocals), Jerome Cruz (guitar), Gregory Blakney (drums), Lance Rhodes (drums), Manfred Reinke (keyboards), and Lynn Copeland (bass guitar). The band first reached the charts with the song "Touch My Light" in the late spring of 1993, receiving major airplay on mainstream radio stations. Radio station with the largest audiences West of the Mississippi took "Touch My Light" to #1 ( B-100 and Q-106 in San Diego, Kiss-FM, Power 106 in Los Angeles, Hot-97,KFOG and KMEL in San Francisco). In 1994 BIG MOUNTAIN released "Baby, I Love Your Way" soundtrack for the film, Reality Bites, and remained in the Top 10 in the U.S.Billboard Hot 100 and number two for the entire year in the UK Singles Chart, and number one on the year end radio and retail charts in Japan. The follow-up, "Sweet Sensual Love" reached Top 10 in Spain and Japan and the album Unity sold over 1 million copies. Their follow up single "Get Together" became a Top 5 hit in Brazil and Norway, (with the line-up now featuring Jamaican guitarist Tony Chin and drummer Carlton "Santa" Davis) BIG MOUNTAIN went on to be the top selling Reggae band worldwide, selling millions of singles and albums. The band appeared at both the 1994 and 1995 Reggae Sunsplash festivals in Jamaica. After 10 years of touring and in 2001 the music industry was in turmoil with MP3 and piracy, Quino needed to take a break. During 2001 - 2011 the band members of BIG MOUNTAIN would get together, rehearse and mainly perform for benefits.
Since 1995 - 2013, for eighteen consecutive years, "Baby I Love Your Way" has remained the number one most played non-current hit single worldwide each and everyday (365 days per year).
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|1992||"Touch My Light"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||51||Wake Up|
|1993||"Reggae Inna Summertime"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994||"Baby, I Love Your Way"||4||4||2||9||3||12||2||1||2||6||Unity|
|"I Would Find a Way"||—||—||—||62||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Sweet Sensual Love"||—||—||87||—||—||23||—||—||51||80|
|"Where Do the Children Play"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997||"All Kinds of People"||—||—||—||75||—||—||—||—||—||—||Free Up|
|"Let's Stay Together"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- Bush, John "Big Mountain Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
- Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p.25
- International peaks
- Canadian peaks
- German peaks
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Allmusic peaks
- "Certified Awards Search: Big Mountain". BPI. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
- "Gold and Platinum search results: Culture Beat". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
- Guevara with a Guitar by Ken Leighton, San Diego Weekly, June 10, 2009