Steely And Clevie
This Jamaican studio band comprises Wycliffe Steely Johnson and Cleveland Clevie Browne (pronounced Brown-ie). Every five years or so, Jamaica produces a rhythm section that dominates reggae. In the 70s, it was brothers, Carlton and Aston Familyman Barrett, who drove the Upsetters and Bob Marleys Wailers. The late 70s/early 80s belonged to Sly And Robbie, but by 1986 reggae required a team fully conversant with computerized music: Steely And Clevie fulfilled that role.
Wycliffe Steely Johnson first surfaced with Sugar Minotts Youth Promotion organization, playing keyboards on Minotts classic Ghetto-ology (1978). After a period with the Generation Gap, he joined the Roots Radics, earning a reputation for hard work and innovation. When the Radics became the band for the new dancehall music of the early 80s, it gave Steely a perfect understanding of a...