Eddy Grant turns 71 today

The Guyanese-British vocalist and musician delivered smash hits throughout his career including “Baby Come Back” and “Electric Avenue”

Eddy Grant turns 71 today

Born Edmond Montague Grant on March 5, 1948 in Plaisance, British Guiana, Eddy Grant emigrated to join his parents in London in 1960 where he learned to read and write music. In 1965 Grant formed the Equals, playing guitar and singing background vocals and delivered one of the 1960’s most memorable hits, “Baby Come Back” in 1968. He left the Equals in 1971 due to health problems and focused on production and his own solo career.  Grant became based in Barbados from 1982 where he opened his Blue Wave Studios, the same year he released his most successful album, “Killer on the Rampage”, delivering the smash hits “I Don’t Wanna Dance”, which spent three weeks at number one in the UK and “Electric Avenue”.  He returned to the charts for the last time in 1988 with the anti-apartheid single “Gimme Hope Jo’anna”, banned by the South African government and a no. 7 hit in the UK, his last hit to date. Eddy Grant continued releasing albums in the 1990’s, and in 2001 he released a Greatest Hits album. In 2008, Grant performed at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert, and also played several dates in the UK, including the Glastonbury Festival and in 2016 it was announced that Grant would receive a lifetime achievement award from the government of Guyana. Grant turns 71 today.

Watch and listen to some of Eddy Grant’s highlights of his musical career

“Baby Come Back” with the Equals, 1968

“Electric Avenue”, 1982

“I Don’t Wanna Dance”, 1982

“Gimme Hope Jo’anna”, 1988

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