The Fabulous Five Inc. were initially a showband supporting various singers in Jamaica. Lloyd Lovindeer and Glen Ricks both began their careers performing in the Fabulous Flames before enlisting in the group’s line-up. The band formed in the late 60s and in the ensuing years received numerous awards in Jamaica, being voted the top band for three consecutive years by Swing magazine. They were the featured musicians on Johnny Nash’s I Can See Clearly Now, which introduced authentic reggae rhythms to a global audience. In 1972 they recorded ‘Come Back And Stay’, which was a popular hit within the reggae community, with two tracks of the same song being available. The preferred version included an introduction from Scotty, who stated: ‘Heartbreak in the first degree’. The success of the single led to the release of Fabulous Five Inc. , produced by John Templar and Junior Lincoln. The album featured the hit single along with versions of Bob Marley’s ‘Guava Jelly’ and Lloyd Parks’ ‘Officially’. They also demonstrated their versatility with a version of the Skatalites hit, ‘Lee Oswald’, the DJ-styled ‘Nanny Skank’, and a calypso tune, ‘That’s The Time She Go Love You’. They were able to exhibit their musical talents when they toured the island backing performers in the 1975 Jamaican Song Festival. The winner was Roman Stewart with ‘Hooray Festival’, who toured alongside Freddie McKay, Johnny Clarke, Jackie Edwards and the Silvertones. In 1976 the group recorded the lewd ‘Shaving Cream’, which maintained their popularity. Following the release of ‘My Jamaican Girl’, little was heard of the group until 1982 when Island Records released the group’s recording of ‘Ooh Ah’, backed with Lee Perry’s ‘Dreadlocks In The Moonlight’ from the soundtrack Countryman. Through to the 90s, the group provided backing for a number of performers, often touring with the Jamaica Song Festival finalists; they also notched up a number of local awards and released sporadic output through their own Stage Records. Following his departure from the group, Lloyd recorded as Lovindeer and enjoyed many hits, notably ‘Man Shortage’, ‘Wash Wash’ and, with Shabba Ranks, ‘Manhunt’. Lovindeer’s career proved the most commercially successful with a string of releases, Government Boops, Bad Boy Crew, Your Boss DJ, Dirty Dancing Dollar Winds volumes one and two, and Snookie Nookie Nookie Sayonara. In 1995 Lovindeer responded to Beenie Man’s popular ‘Slam’ with ‘Slam Fashion’ and ‘Slam Of The Century’. He also wrote and produced a UK chart hit for Pam Hall, ‘Dear Boopsie’, in the 80s. Glen Ricks’ solo career included Ready For Love andFall In Love.
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