b. Philip Ramacon, London, England. Ramacon started playing piano while at school in Hackney, east London. Following constant practising and performances at local youth clubs, his playing skills won him a scholarship and the chance to perform on BBC Television’s Full House. His appearance on the programme led to him being asked to chronicle life as a black youth for the documentary series Man Alive, which in turn led to a plea from theThat’s Life television programme to support his tuition at a music school in Devon. Following his training, he was enrolled to play in Rico’s band, promoting Man From Warieka, which included appearances alongside Bob Marley And The Wailers on the group’s 1977 European tour. He then played piano for a punk duo, followed by work with Lene Lovich and the Automatics. By the early 80s he was enrolled to play for Jimmy Cliff, both on tour and in session for I Am The Living. Although in demand as a session musician, Ramacon’s aspirations as a recording artist led to the unsuccessful release of his debut, ‘Take A Trip’. He continued in session work, playing with Talk Talk, and appeared as the resident pianist on the television show Club Mix. His minor celebrity status and renowned session work have earned him prestige and a reputation as an innovator.
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