|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Horace Swaby, 21 June 1952, St. Andrew, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 18 May 1999, Kingston, Jamaica. Raised in Kingstons middle-class Havendale district, the teenage Swaby was forced to leave Kingston College due to serious illness. Concentrating on music, he taught himself several instruments, including piano, organ, xylophone and clarinet. He was responsible for putting the humble melodica on the musical map, however, when one day in 1969, he walked into Herman Chin-Loys Aquarius Records shop clutching the instrument, and was taken to Randys studio the following day to cut his first record, Iggy Iggy. His next release for the same producer (who gave him the Augustus Pablo stage name) was the prototype Far East sound of East Of The River Nile. Moving from Chin-Loy to Clive Chin as his new producer at Randys, the next single, 1972s Java, proved to be Pablos biggest, and one of his most...