Horace Andy Biography

Horace Hinds, 19 February 1951, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. This artist was affectionately renamed Andy as a tribute to Bob Andy, in respect of their mutual songwriting abilities, by Coxsone Dodd. Horace, also known as Sleepy, has always been a favoured vocalist among reggae fans and his eerie, haunting style has been imitated endlessly by scores of lesser talents over the years. It was his work with Dodd that established his reputation. His career at Studio One began with the single ‘Something On My Mind’, and eventually resulted in the classic ‘Skylarking’, one of reggae’s most popular songs. From the mid-70s onwards, after leaving Studio One, Andy has worked with many important reggae producers in Jamaica, America and England. In the process he has recorded literally hundreds of records, most of which are now only available on rare 45s, although some of the high points of his work with Dodd, Bunny Lee and Wackies are still available on the listed albums. In the late 70s Andy moved to his new home in Hartford, Connecticut, and in the 90s made notable vocal contributions to Massive Attack’s groundbreaking Blue Lines, Protection and Mezzanine albums. His influence on reggae music in general, and reggae singers in particular, is incalculable, yet he remains a diffident figure among many other brasher, yet less talented, reggae ‘stars’. Skylarking: The Best Of Horace Andy, released in 1996 on Massive Attack’s Melankolic label, is an excellent compilation of the artist’s work. Andy later returned to the studio to record new material, released on the Melankolic set Living In The Flood in late 1999.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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