Artist Profiles: BB Seaton

B.B Seaton christened Harris Lloyd Seaton, born September 3rd is a singer with a soulful voice, a qualified musician, producer and one of the most prolific songwriters in the history of Jamaican music.

B.B started singing and writing songs from his high school days at Cornwall College and grew up listening to groups like Platters, Drifters, Temptations and the Four Tops to name but a few.

He recorded his first song “Only You” in 1959 and had his first big hit when teaming up with Delano Stewart and Maurice Roberts they recorded the hit single “Lady with the Red Dress” at Clement Dodd’s Studio One label in 1967. A series of hits like “You Should Never Do That”, “No Good Girl”, “Chipmunk Ska”, Stop Making Love Beside Me”, “Love Me With All Your Heart”, “Red Rose”, “You’ll Never Leave Him”, “Africa” followed including two albums Soul Beat and Gaylands Sing Folks ( Jamaican folk music).

At Whirl Records they recorded tracks like, “Joy In The Morning”, and “She Want It”, Tip Top Records, “Hard To Confess”. “Over The Rainbows End”, “I Need Your Loving”, ABC Rock steady, Beverly’s Record, “My Jamaican Girl”, There’s A Fire”, “Soul Sister”, “Fire & Rain”, “We Three Kings”, It’s All In The Game.”

After ten years of working with companies in Jamaica like Studio One, Tip Top Records, Beverley’s Records and Treasure Isle Records as either A & R, Producer, Writer, Musician and Backing Vocalists, B.B. decided to go solo.

In 1972 he recorded his first solo single “Accept My Apology” which was an instant hit and there was no turning back from then on. His version of Bill Whiters “Lean On Me”, Persuaders, “Thin Line Between Love & Hate”, his “Rainbow Love”, “Miss My Schooldays”, My Jamaican Girl,”Born Free”, “One Thing Leads To Another”, “Everyday People”, “Sweet Caroline”, “God Bless Our Love”, “I’m Aware Of Love”, “Lovers Quarrel”, “Miss My Schooldays”, “The Whole World Is Down On Me” and “Can’t Hide The Feeling” were also hits.

To Date, B.B has over a dozen albums to his credit. BB has received the El Suzie award as best song writer and the Jamaican Cultural Development award, in 1981 – 1982 for pioneering Jamaican music as a singer and songwriter.

BB released some of his vintage productions on Soul Beat Record label in London.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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