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Barry Biggs A Foundation Legend of Reggae music

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Barrington Anthony Biggs was born in St. Andrews, Jamaica. In his early years Barry trained for and became a recording engineer and cameraman with the Jamaican Broadcasting Company before entering the music scene as a performer. His joined the “Astronauts”, a local vocal group that enjoyed local notoriety before accepting a position as the lead singer for Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, the premier dance band in Jamaica at that time. It was at Lee's Dynamic Sounds studio that Barry recorded his first Jamaican hit, a cover of the Osmond's 'One Bad Apple'. Barry shot to International success in 1976 with 'Work All Day' which had been recorded six years earlier.  He had six hits in the UK Singles Chart between 1976 and 1981, the most successful of these 'Sideshow' which peaked at number 3 in December 1976, selling a million and half copies in Europe.  He recorded two songs with Bunny Lee 'Sincerely' and 'You're welcome' which were both received very well in the Caribbean and Europe.  More chart success came when he topped the Reggae chart in the UK with 'Wide Awake in a Dream' and 'A Promise is a Comfort to a Fool', these proved so successful that they gained British National chart positions. Barry's  several top-selling albums such as 'So in Love', which was voted UK's best reggae albums of the year.
Many of Barry's songs such as Stevie Wonder's 'My Cherie Amour', The Moonglows 'Sincerely',The Temptations 'Just My Imagination', and The Chi-Lites 'Have You Seen Her', giving them a light reggae feel in a MOR style. Barry appeared on television in France, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg, and on BBC's prestigious show 'Top of the Pops'.A writer for the Rolling Stones magazine once wrote "when Barry Biggs sings, women swoon and then fall in love".