The Naturalites were formed in Nottingham, England and originally comprised Percy McLeod, Ossie Samms and Neil Foster. The television series Rockers Roadshow, hosted by Jamaican DJ Mikey Dread, gave the group national exposure in a showcase of Nottingham’s finest talent. The group enjoyed immense popularity in the Nottingham area. The Realistics provided backing on the group’s 1983 debut, ‘Picture On The Wall’, released on the Realistic label. The single climbed to the top of the reggae chart and achieved airplay on national radio. Inspired by this success the CSA label secured the rights to the song, leading to further television appearances and a minor pop hit. An appearance on Channel 4’s music programme, The Tube, demonstrated the group’s potential. With a debut as successful as ‘Picture On The Wall’ the group faced an arduous task in emulating its accomplishment. ‘Lion Inna The Jungle’ was the only new recording heard from the group for a period of almost two years. In 1985 the Realistics (Paul Prince, Lenny Guist, Wilfred Fearon, Henry Dufus and the remarkable Itico Barnes) joined forces with the Naturalites, originally as an 11-piece that was eventually reduced to seven members. An album was released, including the hit title track, ‘Black Roses’, ‘Gwan Go Do It’, ‘Jah Works Mama’ and ‘I’m In The Mood’. The group released two other albums, Marvellous and Naturalites In Ites, but these were greeted with indifference by a fickle following. The group has since maintained a low profile, although in 1996 they were reported to be working with Fitzroy Blake of the Street Vibes posse.
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