Horace Faith

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Horace Faith
Birth name Horace Smith[1]
Born Jamaica[1]
Died (2015-03-07)March 7, 2015
Genres Reggae
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1970s
Labels B&C, Trojan, A&M, DJM

Horace Faith (born Horace Smith, Jamaica) was a Jamaican reggae singer. He is best known for his cover of the Checkmates, Ltd. song, "Black Pearl", which reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart in 1970.[1]

Released by Trojan Records (TR 7790),[2] "Black Pearl" spent ten weeks in the UK Singles Chart in the latter half of 1970, peaking at number 13 in October that year.[1] Coincidentally, the original version of the song by Checkmates, Ltd., peaked at number 13 in the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1969.[3] The track was written by Irwin Levine, Phil Spector and Toni Wine.[4] The b-side of Faith's single was "Help Me Help Myself", which was written by Johnny Arthey and Phil Swern.[2] The single was released in the United States by Bell Records.[5]

"Black Pearl" subsequently appeared on numerous compilation albums.[4]

Faith's later recordings included the self penned, "I Can't Understand It", arranged by Richard Anthony Hewson and produced by Swern.[6]

Faith died on March 8, 2015.[7]


Year Title Record label UK Singles Chart[1]
1969 "Spinning Wheel" B&C
1970 "Black Pearl" Trojan 13
1970 "Susie is Tomorrow" Trojan
1972 "Shame and Scandal in The Family" A&M
1976 "I Can't Understand It" DJM
1978 "Rich Man Poor Man" Ultra


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  1. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 193. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b "Horace Faith – "Black Pearl"". Discogs.com. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edition, 2000
  4. ^ a b "Black Pearl". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Horace Faith – "Black Pearl"". Toniwine.com. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Horace Faith – "I Can't Understand It"". Nme.com. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Lily Fierro (2015-04-13). "Bovine Ska and Rocksteady 4/8/2015: Horace Faith – LILY & GENEROSO 4EVER!". Lilyandgeneroso4ever.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  8. ^ "Horace Faith – Discography". Discogs.com. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Horace Faith – Discography". 45cat.com. Retrieved 11 April 2012.