|Genres:||Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Reggae|
|Tags:||reggae 80s pop british reggae-pop|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Formed at Duddeston Manor School, Birmingham, England, this pop/reggae-influenced group featured two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant and Junior and Patrick Waite (c.1969, d. 18 February 1993). The latter pairs father, Frederick Waite, was a former member of Jamaican group the Techniques, and sang lead with Junior at the start of the groups career in the late 70s. Although schoolboys, the group managed to secure gigs at certain Birmingham pubs and released a single, Political/Generals, on local label 021 Records. An appearance on BBC disc jockey John Peels evening show brought further attention to the group and they were signed to MCA Records. By that time, founding father Frederick Waite had backed down to be replaced by Dennis Seaton as lead singer. During the winter of 1982, the group issued one of the fastest-selling singles of the year in Pass The Dutchie. Based on the Mighty Diamonds...