Eddy Grant

    Edmond Montague “Eddy” Grant is a Guyanese British musician. Grant was born in Plaisance, Guyana. When he was a young boy, his parents emigrated to London, England, where he settled. He lived in Kentish Town and went to school at the Acland Burghley Secondary Modern at Tufnell Park.

    Grant had his first number one hit in 1968, when he was the lead guitarist and main songwriter of the group The Equals, with his self-penned song “Baby Come Back”. The tune also topped the UK Singles Chart in 1994, when covered by Pato Banton featuring Robin and Ali Campbell of the reggae group UB40. Notably, he openly used his songwriting for political purposes, especially against the then-current apartheid regime of South Africa. The Clash recorded a version of “Police on My Back” for their Sandinista! set.

    In 1982, his solo recording of “I Don’t Wanna Dance” spent three weeks at Number one in the UK Singles Chart. He scored a Top Ten album in the same year, with Killer on the Rampage.
    “Electric Avenue” was both a UK and US number 2 in 1983, selling over a million copies. A later remix also made the UK Top Ten, in 2001.

    In 1984, Grant had a hit single in the US with his original song, “Romancing the Stone”, written to accompany the film Romancing the Stone. Despite being commissioned by the film’s producers, all but the guitar solo (which played when Douglas and Turner were in a small house in the jungle) would be cut from the film during its final edit. The song, which was Grant’s latest Hot 100 hit, did not appear on its soundtrack. Grant released the song as a single with the original video that featured scenes from the film. Later the video was re-edited without the Romancing the Stone clips.

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