b. Eric Clarke, c.1960, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Clarke, popularly known as ‘Fish’, followed in the footsteps of his brother Johnny Clarke into the Jamaican music business. While Johnny established himself as a popular vocalist, Eric found his vocation playing drums. In 1978 he toured the UK with the late Prince Far I as part of his backing band the Arabs. The line-up of the group included Errol Holt on bass, Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith on lead guitar and Winston ‘Bo Peep’ Bowen on keyboards. He contributed his percussion skills on a number of tracks on the Front Line release Message From A King, notably ‘Foggy Road’ and the title track. While in the UK he also played drums on the first of a series of dub albums with the DJ. When he returned to Jamaica he was replaced by Lincoln ‘Style Scott’ in the Arabs - he later joined the Roots Radics alongside Errol Holt, Bingi Bunny and Sowell Radics. Clarke had, in the meantime, formed an allegiance with Maurice ‘Blacka’ Wellington, having performed with the Roots Radics, and fulfilled his ambition as a soloist for the single ‘Nice Inna Jamaica’, on which he emulated his brother’s vocal phrasing.
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