The Twinkle Brothers

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

This group comprised Norman Grant (vocals, drums), Ralston Grant (vocals, rhythm guitar), Eric Barnard (piano), Karl Hyatt (vocals, percussion) and Albert Green (congas, percussion). All the members were born in Falmouth, Jamaica. Formed in 1962 by the Grant brothers, the Twinkles won various local musical awards and talent competitions before recording their earliest side, ‘Somebody Please Help Me’, in 1966 for producer Leslie Kong. The group went on to record for other producers such as Duke Reid, Lee Perry, Sid Bucknor, Phil Pratt, Ken Chang and Bunny Lee. In the early 70s they went into self-production, financing their sessions through Norman’s employment as a solo artist. Their music embraced calypso, soul, pop and soft reggae, which they had performed on Jamaica’s north coast hotel circuit. In 1975 an expanded line-up released the celebrated Rasta Pon Top, which included Rastafari anthems such as ‘Give Rasta Praise’, ‘It...

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