Bob Andy

Real Name:
Keith Ainsley Anderson
Profile:
Jamaican singer, songwriter and producer (born 28 October 1944, Kingston, Jamaica – died 27 March 2020, Kingston, Jamaica). He began his career with the group The Blinders formed with his childhood friend Tyrone Evans. After some line-up changes including the integration of John Holt, The Blinders became The Paragons but Bob Andy left the group in 1965 and then recorded for Studio One as a solo artist in 1966 the smash hit “I’ve Got to Go Back Home”, a song which has become a much-loved anthem for Jamaicans and as a songwriter for artists like Ken Boothe, Delroy Wilson or Marcia Griffiths. The couple formed with Griffiths got some success as Bob & Marcia. Their 1970 recording of Nina Simone's 'Young, Gifted and Black', sold 500,000 copies in the UK and Europe.

In the mid-seventies he was Tropical Soundtracs label's A&R manager and served as one of the prime movers in attempt to establish a Caribbean Copyright Organisation.

From 1978 to 1983 Bob Andy took a five year break from the music scene as he became increasingly involved in acting. He took roles in several theatre productions, and in 1979 starred in the Jamaican feature film 'Children Of Babylon'.

In November 1987, Bob assumed the post of A&R and Promotions Director for Tuff Gong (the group of companies founded by Bob Marley). Rockers Magazine honoured Bob with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Kingston in 1989, as did the Canadian Reggae Music Awards in Toronto in 1991. In 1997 he was named as one of the music’s “Living Legends” at the Reggae/Soca Awards in Miami and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the 1999 Bob Marley Day Festival in Southern California. He received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Jamaica in 2003.
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Albums

SOL 1121 Bob Andy's Song Book — Bob Andy Bob Andy Bob Andy's Song Book (Album) Coxsone Records SOL 1121 Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
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JWLPS 002 The Music Inside Me — Bob Andy Bob Andy The Music Inside Me (Album) Jigsaw (3) JWLPS 002 Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
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SP 152 Lots Of Love And I — Bob Andy Bob Andy Lots Of Love And I (Album) High Note SP 152 Jamaica 1977 Sell This Version
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AV001ST LP Friends — Bob Andy Bob Andy Friends (Album) I-Anka AV001ST LP UK 1983 Sell This Version
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AV006STLP Freely — Bob Andy Bob Andy Freely (Album) I-Anka AV006STLP UK 1988 Sell This Version
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AV007 STLP, AV007STLP Bob Andy's Dub Book - As Revealed To Mad Professor — Bob Andy Bob Andy & Mad Professor Bob Andy & Mad Professor - Bob Andy's Dub Book - As Revealed To Mad Professor (Album) I-Anka AV007 STLP, AV007STLP UK 1989 Sell This Version
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VPRL-1484 Hanging Tough — Bob Andy Bob Andy Hanging Tough VP Records VPRL-1484 US 1997 Sell This Version
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UM 255 Reggae Land — Bob Andy Bob Andy Reggae Land(CD, Album) Upstairs Records (6) UM 255 US 2006 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

none Crime Don't Pay / Love And Pity — Bob Andy Bob Andy / The Ethiopians Bob Andy / The Ethiopians - Crime Don't Pay / Love And Pity(7", Single, W/Lbl) Coxsone Records none Jamaica 1966 Sell This Version
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10 / 11 Crime Dont Pay / I Wouldn't Be A Fool — Bob Andy Bob Andy / Bob Andy & The Chorus (3) Bob Andy / Bob Andy & The Chorus (3) - Crime Dont Pay / I Wouldn't Be A Fool(7") Mu-Zik City Records 10 / 11 Jamaica 1966 Sell This Version
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14, 15 I've Got To Go Back Home  / Lay It On — Bob Andy Bob Andy / The Mellowdians* Bob Andy / The Mellowdians* - I've Got To Go Back Home / Lay It On (Single) Coxsone Records 14, 15 Jamaica 1967 Sell This Version
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R126 Dun Dead A'ready  / Stay In My Lonely Arms — Bob Andy The Etheopians* / Bob Andy The Etheopians* / Bob Andy - Dun Dead A'ready / Stay In My Lonely Arms(7") Rio (2) R126 UK 1967 Sell This Version
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WI-3040 I've Got To Go Back Home / Rudy Girl — Bob Andy Bob Andy / Sonny Burke (3) Bob Andy / Sonny Burke (3) - I've Got To Go Back Home / Rudy Girl(7") Island Records WI-3040 UK 1967 Sell This Version
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SU 00014 Experience / Let Them Say — Bob Andy Bob Andy Experience / Let Them Say (Single) Supreme Records (10) SU 00014 Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
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none Falling In love / The Way I Feel — Bob Andy Rupie Edwards, Bob Andy Rupie Edwards, Bob Andy - Falling In love / The Way I Feel (Single) Success (2) none Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
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none Desprate Lover / Promised Land — Bob Andy Bob Andy / Shine And Bagga Bob Andy / Shine And Bagga - Desprate Lover / Promised Land (Single) Coxsone Records none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
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none I Don’t Care — Bob Andy Bob Andy & Tyrone Evans / Lascelles Perkins Bob Andy & Tyrone Evans / Lascelles Perkins - I Don’t Care (Single) Coxsone Records none Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
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SU 00034 Desprate Lover / Promised Land — Bob Andy Bob Andy / Shine And Bagga Bob Andy / Shine And Bagga - Desprate Lover / Promised Land (Single) Supreme Records (10) SU 00034 Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
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none Going Home / Straight Flush — Bob Andy Bob Andy / Sound Dimensions* Bob Andy / Sound Dimensions* - Going Home / Straight Flush (Single) Studio One none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
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none Games People Play — Bob Andy Bob Andy Games People Play (Single) FRM none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
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none You Promised Me Love / Key To The City — Bob Andy Bob Andy You Promised Me Love / Key To The City(7", W/Lbl) Baron's none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
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DB 1183 The Way I Feel / Long Time Now — Bob Andy Bob Andy / The Ethiopians Bob Andy / The Ethiopians - The Way I Feel / Long Time Now(7") Doctor Bird DB 1183 UK 1969 Sell This Version
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BAM40 Always Together / Desperate Lover — Bob Andy Bob & Marcia / Bob Andy Bob & Marcia / Bob Andy - Always Together / Desperate Lover(7") Bamboo BAM40 UK 1970 Sell This Version
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none Love Is A Wonderful Wicked Thing / Never Miss  — Bob Andy Rupie Edwards, Bob Andy & Tyrone* / Winston Wright Rupie Edwards, Bob Andy & Tyrone* / Winston Wright - Love Is A Wonderful Wicked Thing / Never Miss (7", Single) Success (2) none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
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none Peace Of Mine / Weep — Bob Andy Bob Andy Peace Of Mine / Weep (Single) Harry J Records none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version