Eddy Grant

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Eddy Grant
Eddy Grant at Supreme Court Gardens cropped.jpg
Grant performing in 2009
Background information
Birth name Edmond Montague Grant
Born (1948-03-05) 5 March 1948 (age 66)
Plaisance, Guyana
Origin London, England
Genres Reggae, reggae rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards
Years active 1968–present
Labels Ice, Portrait, Epic, Enigma, Parlophone

Edmond Montague "Eddy" Grant (born 5 March 1948) is a Guyanese British musician. The Allmusic journalist Jo-Ann Greene noted: "Eddy Grant stands among an elite group of artists as one who has not just merely moved successfully across the musical spectrum, but has actually been at the forefront of genres and even created one of his own. From pop star to reggae radical, musical entrepreneur to the inventor of ringbang, the artist has cut a swath through the world of music and made it his own."[1]

Early life[edit]

Grant was born in Plaisance, Guyana.[2] When he was a young boy, his parents emigrated to London, England, where he settled. He lived in Kentish Town and went to school at the Acland Burghley Secondary Modern at Tufnell Park.

Career[edit]

Grant had his first number one hit in 1968, when he was the lead guitarist and main songwriter of the group The Equals, with his self-penned song "Baby Come Back".[3] The tune also topped the UK Singles Chart in 1994, when covered by Pato Banton featuring Robin and Ali Campbell of the reggae group UB40.[4] Notably, he openly used his songwriting for political purposes, especially against the then-current apartheid regime of South Africa. The Clash recorded a version of "Police on My Back" for their Sandinista! set.

Musical achievements[edit]

  • In 1982, his solo recording of "I Don't Wanna Dance" spent three weeks at Number one in the UK Singles Chart.[5] He scored a Top Ten album in the same year, with Killer on the Rampage.[6]
  • "Electric Avenue" was both a UK and US number 2 in 1983, selling over a million copies. A later remix also made the UK Top Ten, in 2001.[6]
  • In 1984, Grant had a hit single in the US with his original song, "Romancing the Stone", written to accompany the film Romancing the Stone. Despite being commissioned by the film's producers, all but the guitar solo (which played when Douglas and Turner were in a small house in the jungle) would be cut from the film during its final edit. The song, which was Grant's latest Hot 100 hit, did not appear on its soundtrack. Grant released the song as a single with the original video that featured scenes from the film. Later the video was re-edited without the Romancing the Stone clips.
  • His later single, "Gimme Hope Jo'anna", during the apartheid regime ("Jo'anna" stands for Johannesburg, South Africa) was a song about apartheid in that country, and was subsequently banned in South Africa.
  • Other political protest songs included "War Party" and "Living on the Front Line".
  • Defined a Caribbean music meta-genre and philosophy called ringbang,[7] which he first described in 1994.

Ice records[edit]

Grant set up his own recording company, Ice Records and the Coach House studio,[2] but more recently has returned to the West Indies from London, choosing Barbados as a more realistic venue for a recording company, rather than his country of origin. He has also produced Sting, Mick Jagger and Elvis Costello.

Discography[edit]

Eddy Grant discography
Releases
Studio albums 15
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 15
Singles 19

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUT
[8]
GER
[9]
NZ
[10]
NDL
[11]
SWE
[12]
SWI
[13]
UK
[14]
US
[15]
Eddy Grant

[16]

  • Released: 1975
  • Label: Torpedo
Message Man

[17]

Walking on Sunshine

[18]

Love in Exile

[19]

My Turn To Love You

[20]

Can't Get Enough

[21]

41 43 39
Killer on the Rampage

[22]

16 11 9 45 30 7 10
Going for Broke

[23]

48 64
Born Tuff

[24]

File Under Rock

[25]

  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Parlophone & Blue Wave Records
48 24 36
Barefoot Soldier

[26]

Paintings of the Soul

[27]

  • Released: 1992
  • Label: MG Records
33
Soca Baptism

[28]

Hearts And Diamonds

[29]

Reparation

[30]

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUT
[8]
GER
[9]
NZ
[10]
NDL
[11]
SWE
[12]
SWI
[13]
UK
[14]
Live At Notting Hill

[31]

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUT
[8]
GER
[9]
NZ
[10]
NDL
[11]
SWE
[12]
SWI
[13]
UK
[14]
The Killer at His Best – All The Hits

[32]

  • Released: 1984
  • Label: K-Tel
23
At His Best

[33] POL Release Only

  • Released: 1985
  • Label: Tonpress
Eddy Grant

[34] GDR Release Only

  • Released: 1986
  • Label: Amiga
Walking on Sunshine – The Very Best of Eddy Grant

[35]

  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Parlophone & Blue Wave Records
22 20
The Very Best Of...

[36] Canada Release Only

The Best of Eddy Grant

[37]

Greatest Hits

[38]

The Complete Collection

[39] DEN Release Only

  • Released: 1998
  • Label: CMC Special
Grant's Greatest

[40]

  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Arcade
Greatest Hits Collection

[41]

  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Sequel Records
Hits From The Frontline

[42]

  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Sequel Records
The Greatest Hits

[43]

19 78 2 61 24 69 3
The Very Best of Eddy Grant Road To Reparation

[44]

14

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
BEL
[45]
GER
[46]
IRE
[47]
NED
[48]
NZ
[49]
SWE
[50]
SWI
[51]
UK
[52]
1979 "Living on the Front Line" 29 15 11 Walking on Sunshine
"Walking on Sunshine"
1980 "My Turn To Love You" 18 My Turn To Love You
"Do You Feel My Love" 8 12 16 8 3 5 3 8 Can't Get Enough
1981 "Can't Get Enough of You" 22 19 26 12 13
"I Love You, Yes I Love You" 58 37
1982 "I Don't Wanna Dance" 1 7 1 2 1 18 1 1 Killer on the Rampage
1983 "Electric Avenue" 3 9 3 8 32 9 6 2
"Living on the Frontline/Do You Feel My Love" 47 Non-Album Single
"War Party" 47 7 11 42 Killer on the Rampage
"Till I Can't Take Love No More" 37 26 14 42 Going for Broke
1984 "Romancing the Stone" 42 28 52
"Boys in the Street"
1988 "Gimme Hope Jo'anna" 1 4 1 3 8 2 7 File Under Rock
"Harmless Piece of Fun" 30 76
"Put a Hold on It"
1989 "Walking on Sunshine" (re-issue) 63 The Best of Eddy Grant
2001 "Electric Avenue" (remix) 4 68 11 31 100 5 The Greatest Hits
"Walking on Sunshine" (remix) 57
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greene, Jo-Ann (5 March 1948). "Eddy Grant – Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Gregory, Andy (2002) International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002, Europa, ISBN 1-85743-161-8, p. 202
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 185. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 42. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "I Don't Wanna Dance", Chart Stats, Retrieved 19 July 2010
  6. ^ a b "Eddy Grant", Chart Stats, Retrieved 19 July 2010
  7. ^ Rollins, Scott. "Eddy Grant Talks About Ringbang". Kofi's Page. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
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  12. ^ a b c "Eddy Grant in Swedish charts" (in German). swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
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  14. ^ a b c "UK Official Charts Company Eddy Grant". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Eddy Grant- Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Eddy Grant Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Message Man Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Walking on Sunshine Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "Love in Exile Album". Discog. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  20. ^ "My Turn To Love You Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Can't Get Enough Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "Killer on the Rampage Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  23. ^ "Going For Broke Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  24. ^ "Born Tuff Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  25. ^ "File Under Rock Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  26. ^ "Barefoot Soldier Album". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  27. ^ "Paintings of the Soul Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  28. ^ "Soca Baptism Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  29. ^ "Hearts And Diamonds Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  30. ^ "Reparation Album". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  31. ^ "Live at Notting Hill Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  32. ^ "Killer at His Best Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  33. ^ "At His Best Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  34. ^ "Eddy Grany Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  35. ^ "Walking on Sunshine Best of Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  36. ^ "The Very Best of Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  37. ^ "The Best of Eddy Grant Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  38. ^ "Greatest Hits Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  39. ^ "The Complete Collection Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  40. ^ "Grant's Greatest Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  41. ^ "Greatest Hits Collection Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  42. ^ "Hits From The Frontline Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  43. ^ "The Greatest Hits Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  44. ^ "The Very Best of Eddy Grant Road To Reparation Album". Discogs. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  45. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". Ultratop.be. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  46. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts – German Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  47. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA 2006 – 2008. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  48. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  49. ^ "charts.org.nz – New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  50. ^ "Swedish Charts – Swedish charts portal". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  51. ^ "Hitparade.ch: Eddy Grant (singles)" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  52. ^ "Chart Stats – Eddy Grant". chartstats.com. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  53. ^ a b c "BPI Search Results". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 

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