b. Eric Lamont, 23 September 1955, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 31 December 1993. Lamont began his career working with Bongo Herman as Bunny, recording ‘Know For I’ with producer Derrick Harriott. In 1973, he joined forces with Maurice Wellington in the Morwells, who in 1974 released ‘Mafia Boss’ and ‘You Got To Be Happy’. While remaining a member of the band, he was also employed as a session musician playing rhythm guitar with other artists, including Errol Holt who joined the Morwells. As members of the group they continued to enjoy hits with ‘Crab Race’ and ‘Proverbs’. In the late 70s they recorded ‘Kingston 12 Tuffy’ which was a big sound system hit and still enjoys cult status. They were associated with the Sir Jesus Sound Of Shepherds Bush and a number of their recordings would debut on the sound exclusives. The duo of Eric and Maurice also worked as the Morwell production team; notable releases came from the Jah Lloyd The Black Lion (The Humble One) and Prince Hammer (Bible). In 1981 when the Morwells disbanded, Lamont and Holt joined forces with Lincoln Valentine ‘Style’ Scott and Noel ‘Sowell’ Bailey to form the Roots Radics. The band became the island’s most in-demand session group, providing backing for Michael ‘Dread’ Campbell, Gregory Isaacs and Bunny Wailer, as well as a number of sessions for producers Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes and Linval Thompson. With Gregory Isaacs they were the featured musicians on More Gregory, Night Nurse and Out Deh. With Bunny Wailer they provided backing on Rock And Groove, which found the singer in a change of style, winning over new supporters. With Lawes they featured on Barrington Levy’s debut, Bounty Hunter, heralding the arrival of a new sound that remained popular through to the mid-80s, by which time they faced competition from the Sagittarius Band. As well as playing guitar, Lamont had provided vocals with the Morwells, and in the spring of 1982 he returned to singing as a soloist. He released ‘Young Lover’, which had been included on the compilation The Best Of The Morwells. The b-side featured ‘Him A Natty Dread’ with DJ Nicodemus. Other singles followed, including ‘Me And Jane’ and ‘Street Lover’. Lamont died of prostate cancer in December 1993. The posthumous 1995 release of Live At Channel One included the track ‘Tribute To Bingi Bunny’.
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