Biography Of The Band
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5, formed in 1970, is Jamaica's pre eminent popular band,
whether measured by record sales at home, hits on the charts,
frequency of engagements or major awards won over the years.
Their first recording, "Come Back And Stay", was number one
in Jamaica, and in their first year on the road, and for the
following two years, they won the only available awards, the
Swing Awards for best band of 1971-72, 1972-73 and 1973-74. They
also took the El Suzie Award as Joint Top Road and Dance Band
for 1975-76 and the RJR Listeners' Award for Best Band in 1980.
They backed Johnny Nash on all the reggae cuts comprising most
of his platinum album "I Can See Clearly Now". Two singles from
that album, "Guava Jelly" and "Stir It Up", established Bob
Marley as a major songwriter on the international scene.
Fab 5 have enjoyed an endless succession of hits in Jamaica
and the "ethnic" markets of North America.
In their early years such songs as "Chirpy
Cheep", "Shaving Cream", "Oh, Dad" and "Love Me For A Reason",
and their musicality and showmanship made Fab 5 the rage on the dance and show circuits.
More recently, they have been kept on top by the likes of "Yu
Safe", "Ring Road Jam", "Feeling Horny", "Computer Mad", "What
The Police High Command Can Do", "Jamaican Woman", "Psalms",
"All Night Party", "Mini", "Sweat", "Don't Wear None", "Freeze",
"Good Buddy", "Mango" and their "Live"
Their twenty-two albums have been as successful as their singles,
and their multi‑award winning soca album "Yu Safe" was probably the
most popular album produced in Jamaica in the decade of the '80s. A
CD of some of their biggest hits ‑ "Fab 5 Greatest Hits" has been
released along with five of their newest CD albums - "Good Buddy,"
the massively successful "Fab 5 Live - The Ultimate Vintage Jamaican
Party Mix ... Part 1" and the equally successful follow-ups “…Part
2”,“…Part 3” and the recently released “…Part 4” as well as the
Box Set which includes all four discs.
Their soca smash "Shape" is still very popular and the band’s
versatility is proved by “Dugu-Dugu” their all-reggae release and
the preceding all-ska album “Ska Time”.
The late noted musician and journalist Sonny Bradshaw had
said of Fab 5 that they are the only Jamaican band still playing
authentic ska. The
newest release from the band is the 2012 live tribute to Jamaica 50,
“50 Years of Jamaican Music 1962-2012”,
which has been selling