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Out now: Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths – Young Gifted and Black/Pied Piper

by | May 15, 2018 | News

Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths - Young Gifted and Black/Pied Piper

Out now: Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths – Young Gifted and Black/Pied Piper

The two Bob and Marcia albums of the Trojan era, Young Gifted and Black and Pied Piper, have just been released as a double album, and included as a bonus track is the original Jamaican recording of “Young Gifted and Black”.

The CD is available from Cherry Red Records, under licence from Trojan/BMG.

 

Prior to uniting on disc towards the close of the sixties, Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths had enjoyed successful solo careers in their native Jamaica, both having previously scored significant hits for Studio One Records. Soon after joining Harry Johnson’s stable of artists, the duo made the British pop charts with a joyous reggae version of Nina Simone’s ‘To Be Young, Gifted And Black’, which peaked at number five in the spring of 1970. The following summer, the pair returned to the UK charts when their self-produced version of the Crispian St. Peters’ pop hit, ‘Pied Piper’ made it to number 11, but by the mid-1970s both singers had returned to their successful solo careers, with Marcia also becoming a third of Bob Marley’s all-female backing band, the I-Threes.

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