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Live Chat : Ledgend Reggae Icons Derrick Harriott and Leo Graham

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Born in Kingston, Jamaica, reggae singer/producer Derrick Harriott began as a member of the Jiving Juniors (from 1958 through 1962) before embarking on his own solo career, in addition to producing other artists, including the Ethiopians, Keith, and Tex. Harriott tended to rework old R&B love songs as reggae tunes, but his best-known song, "The Loser," was an original composition. In 1971, Swing Magazine named Harriott Top Producer of 1970, as he was also one of the first to utilize the now renowned King Tubby's recording studio. The '70s saw the release of such solo albums as Undertaker, Songs for Midnight Lovers, and Psychedelic Lovers. Although not much was heard from Harriott during the '80s in terms of solo releases, the mid- to late '90s saw the emergence of such solo efforts as Sings Jamaican Rock Steady Reggae, For a Fistful of Dollars, Derrick Harriott & Giants, and Riding the Roots Chariot.

Leo Graham began his recording career in the mid-sixties as a member of the group The Overtakers. Leo's vocals are distinctive, high yet thin, but totally unique and The Overtakers had a great harmony together. The band released a number of fine singles including "Girl You Ruff" and the rude-boy warning "Beware”. Although Leo had performed lead vocals for a number of the bands hits he started to become more of a harmony singer on others and so left to form a new group,The Bleechers, in late 1968.Taking the name from late-night Kingston ravers who would stay out to the early hours seeking a good time, a practice known as 'Bleeching' in Jamaica,The Bleechers was made up of Leo Graham alongside Wesley Martin and Sammy (Formerly of The Mellotones).They began recording a handful of tunes with Joe Gibbs before moving on to work with the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry.