b. Leebert Morrison, c.1959, Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies. Morrison, known as Gibby, initially played lead guitar with the Solid Foundation band. His experience with the group led to him playing lead guitar for a number of reggae stars, including Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer and dub poet Mutaburaka. Other prestigious performances include sessions with Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith’s High Times band and with Dean Fraser’s 809 band through to the 90s. Following the demise of the 809 band, Morrison performed his debut as a solo guitarist in Kingston at a theme night promoting rock music. He performed a heavy metal interpretation of the Troggs’ 60s hit, ‘Wild Thing’, inspired by his guitar hero Jimi Hendrix. Although his performance was well received, heavy guitar sounds were not prevalent in Jamaica; nevertheless, Peter Blake of Kingston Muzik was sufficiently inspired to sign him. Morrison ambitiously embarked on a mission to introduce this style to the dancehall and enrolled Junior ‘Big Bird’ Baille (drums), Lyndon ‘Ace Bass’ Webb (bass guitar) and Andrew ‘Simmo’ Simpson (guitar) to perform as Gibby. The band embarked on sessions for Electric Avenue, which showcased their unique style and the versatility of the reggae veteran Ruddy Thomas, who engineered the project. In 1997 Morrison performed at MIDEM in Cannes, France, illustrating the diversity of Jamaican music. Although his endeavours have been lauded by the media, the dancehall audience generally remains impervious to Gibby’s unprecedented sound.
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