Leroy Sibbles
Both a wonderful vocalist and fine bassist born January 29th, Leroy Sibbles initially gained fame as the lead singer for the Heptones. The Heptones were among the most prolific and influential groups of the rock steady era, along with the Pioneers, Gaylads, Paragons, Hamlins, Uniques, and Techniques. Signature Heptones songs included "Baby," "Get In The Groove," "Ting A Ling," "Fattie Fattie," "Got To Fight On (To The Top)," "Party Time," and "Sweet Talking." He also provided vocals and instrumentals on the following Heptones album: On Top, Freedom Line, The Heptones, Ting A Ling, Night Food & Partytime. Leroy eventually departed the group to launch his solo career producing 6 albums and hit songs such as: Love Won't Come Easy, Why Must I, I Shall Be Released, Book of Rules, I've Got the Handle, Hypocrite, Country Boy, Deceivers, New Generation, Mr. President, Serious Time, Storm Cloud, Road of Life, Suffers Time, Soul Power, Mystery Babylon, Pretty Looks Isn't All, Rock and Come On, Dance Hall Style, Irie Feeling. His accolades includes Canada's "Juno Award" & Jamaica's 2003 Prime-minister "Order of Distinction." Mr. Sibbles is also the originator of the bass line for the song "Full Up" which was internationally popularized by Musical Youth's recording of "Pass the Dutchie," a remake of the wicked Mighty Diamonds" version, "Pass the Kutchie"; riddims: "Declaration of Rights", "Love Me Forever" by Carlton (Manning) & Shoes and the "Queen of the Minstrel" by Cornell Campbell. He has also co-authored tunes with the current reggae sensations: Buju Banton and Beenie Man. His new album is scheduled for release late 2004 and his new single from the album is titled "I Cry."