The Reggae Icon Bob Andy has passed away. The prolific singer and songwriter died when he was, 75-years-old, at around 8 a.m in the morning a few days ago he passed.
Bob was a General in the reggae music community and he had a hand in a lot of the timeless hits that people sing and play even now. He was a trailblazer who had many great accomplishments in his great career, Bob Andy was one of the writers who influenced reggae music the most.
He wrote music for himself, and for other artists like Marcia Griffiths, Ken Boothe, Delroy Wilson. He was a member of a rocksteady group called Paragons in the ’60s and he was also in a duo with Marcia Griffiths called “Bob & Marcia” in the ’70s. They both collaborated on many records and even found some popular international hits like “Young Gifted and Black.”
Marcia Griffiths spoke about his passing in tears with someone, as she said he had passed. “Yesterday, I did a video call with him,” she revealed.
Bob Andy was responsible for helping to put together the famous reggae song “Too Experienced,” a song he wrote for Delroy Wilson at first, but he found plenty of success in it for himself.
The song became extremely popular and was covered by many other artists, such as Barrington Levy, who might have the most popular version today, as well as the Argentinian band Los Pericos and others. The icon is also well known for his hit songs “I’ve Got to Go Back Home,” “Fire Burning,” and “Unchained.”
In 2011, a tribute concert was held in honour of Bob Andy’s music and life in Kingston, Jamaica. In 2006 he was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for his contributions to the development of Jamaican music.
It was a deserved honour that was bestowed on him at the ceremony held at the King’s House. Bob Andy will always be in our history books as a great icon. May he sleep well.