Big Mountain (band)

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Big Mountain
Also known as Shiloh (1988-1991)
Origin San Diego, California, United States
Genres Pop, reggae
Years active 1988-present
(hiatus: 2005-2013)
Labels Giant, Pony Canyon, White Sage Ent.
Website bigmountainband.com
Members Joaquin "Quino" McWhinney
Michael Hyde
Paul "Groove Galore" Kastick
Richard "Goofy" Campbell
Reggie Griffin
Danny Lopilato
Tim Pecheco
Andre Sias
Luis Castillo
Jakob McWhinney
Michael Ortiz
Past members Lynn Copeland
Gregory Blakney
Jerome Cruz
Manfred Reinke
Lance Rhodes
James McWhinney
Tony Chin
Billy "Bones" Stoll
Carlton "Santa" Davis
Carlos Arias
Stephen Kamada

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 and number 2 for the year of 1994 in the UK.

History[edit]

The evolution of the Big Mountain band started in 1986 as the San Diego, California reggae band Rainbow Warriors.[1] In 1988 the lead singer Quino (pronounced Kino) joined as the lead singer of the band Shiloh. Quino is of Mexican/Irish heritage and several members of his family were mariachi musicians and his interest in reggae began after seeing a documentary about Bob Marley and Rastafari.[2] In 1989 Shiloh secured their first record deal and put out one album titled California Reggae. In 1991 the band changed the name to Big Mountain which was the name of a Native American reservation in Arizona. The original line-up was a sextet consisting of Joaquin "Quino" McWhinney (vocals), Lynn Copeland (bass), Gregory Blakney (drums), Jerome Cruz (guitar), Manfred Reinke (keyboards), and Lance Rhodes (drums).[3][4] The band first reached the charts with the song "Touch My Light" in spring 1993, a song taken from their debut album Wake Up. Prior to the band recording their second album, Unity, in 1994; Blakney, Cruz, Reinke, and Rhodes all departed the band, with McWhinney and Copeland finding replacements in Jamaican duo Tony Chin (guitar) and Carlton "Santa" Davis (drums), along with keyboard players Michael Hyde and Billy "Bones" Skoll, and percussionist James McWhinney. Following this lineup change, the band went on to receive major airplay on mainstream radio stations. "Baby, I Love Your Way" was included on the soundtrack for the film Reality Bites, and peaked at number six in the Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK Singles Chart.,[2][4] and its follow-up, "Sweet Sensual Love" reached number fifty-one in the UK, whilst Unity went on to sell over a million copies worldwide.[4] Big Mountain's follow up single "Get Together" became a top five hit in Brazil and Norway.[citation needed]

The band appeared at both the 1994 and 1995 Reggae Sunsplash festivals in Jamaica. In 1998 Jamaican drummer/producer Paul "Groove Galore" Kastick replaced Carlton "Santa" Davis as full-time drummer and primary producer in the group. Kastick spearheaded the production on the previous six Big Mountain albums between 1998 and 2007. After 10 consecutive years of touring, Big Mountain decided to take a break in 2005. During this time Joaquin (Quino) McWhinney started to teach at Olympian High School, which received the highest test scores on their CAHSEE exams during his tenure.[4] During the period between 2005 and 2013 Big Mountain occasionally would get together for mainly international live performances and various benefit causes. In 2013 the Quino, Hyde, Kastick reformed the band with an extended lineup including Carlos Arias (bass), Richard "Goofy" Campbell (keyboards), Reggie Griffin (guitar, saxophone), Stephen Kamada (guitar), Danny Lopilato (guitar, vocals), Tim Pacheco (percussion, vocals. This lineup recorded the band's newest album. Further lineup changes have ensued and the band now consists of Quino, Kastick, Campbell, Lopilato, Pacheco (percussion, vocals), Luis Castillo (was added as a second keyboardist and vocals to replace Michael Hyde when on tour with Ziggy Marley) and Michael Ortiz (bass)and Andre Sias as a second drummer to cover Kastick when on tour with Ky Mani Marley and Maxi Priest.

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Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUT GER NED NZ SUI SWE U.S.
California Reggae
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Quality Records
  • Formats: LP
Wake Up
  • Release date: October 13, 1992
  • Label: Quality Records
  • Formats: CD
Unity 15 52 52 29 10 37 174
Resistance
  • Release date: January 1, 1996
  • Label: Giant Records
  • Formats: CD
Free Up
  • Release date: August 26, 1997
  • Label: Giant Records
  • Formats: CD
Things to Come
  • Release date: August 4, 1999
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD
Dance Party
  • Release date: 2000
  • Label: Momentum
  • Formats: CD, cassette
One Love
  • Release date: April 17, 2001
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD
Cool Breeze
  • Release date: July 4, 2001
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD
New Day
  • Release date: June 19, 2002
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Compilations
  • The Best of Big Mountain (1998), Giant
  • Reggae Remakes (2003), Pony Canyon
  • Big Mountain's Greatest Moments 1999-2004 (2004), Pony Canyon
  • Versions Undercover

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS
[6]
AUT
[6]
CAN
[7]
GER
[8]
NED
[6]
NZ
[6]
SUI
[6]
SWE
[6]
UK
[9]
U.S.
[10]
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
1995 "Get Together" 16 71 49 44 Resistance
"Where Do the Children Play"
"Caribbean Blue"
1997 "All Kinds of People" 75 Free Up
"Let's Stay Together"
2011 "Leap of Faith"
2013 "Blue Skies"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ de la Torre, Chito (1994) "Big Mountain Does Reggae", La Prensa de San Antonio, September 30, 1994. Retrieved June 17, 2014  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Daniels, Ron (1994) "Big Mountain are Reggae Visionaries", The New York Beacon, August 19, 1994. Retrieved June 17, 2014  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  3. ^ Bush, John "Big Mountain Biography", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  4. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p.25
  5. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Skies-Big-Mountain/dp/B00G0OMUO4
  6. ^ a b c d e f International peaks
  7. ^ Canadian peaks
  8. ^ German peaks
  9. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  10. ^ Allmusic peaks
  11. ^ "Certified Awards Search: Big Mountain". BPI. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  12. ^ "Gold and Platinum search results: Culture Beat". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-08-14.