B.B. Seaton christened Harris Lloyd Seaton, born September 3rd 1944 in Kingston Jamaica under the star sign Virgo, is a rare combination of talent. A singer with a soulful voice, a qualified musician, producer and one of the most prolific song writers in the history of Jamaican music.

B.B. Seaton started singing and writing songs from his high school days, and grew up listening to vocal groups like The Platters, The Drifters, The Temptations and The Four Tops to name but a few. He had his first big hit in Jamaica when teaming up with Delano Stewart and Maurice Roberts to form The "Gaylads". They recorded the hit single "Lady With The Red Dress" on Clement Dodd's Studio One label in 1961. A series of hits like "You Never Should 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", followed including two albums "Soul Beat" and "Gaylads Sing Folks".

And the hit tunes kept coming: "Joy In The Morning" and "She Want It" for Whirl Records, "Hard To Confess", Over The Rainbow's End", "I Need Your Loving" and "ABC Rocksteady" for Tip Top Records and "My Jamaican Girl", "There's A Fire", "Soul Sister", "Fire And Rain" and "We Three Kings" for Beverley's Records.

After ten years of working with record companies in Jamaica as either A & R, producer, writer, musician and backing vocalists, B.B. Seaton decided to continue his musical career as a solo artist. 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 Withers' "Lean On Me", "Persuaders", "Thin Line Between Love & Hate", Rainbow Love", "Miss My Schooldays" and "My Jamaican Girl" were also hits. To date B.B. Seaton has some fourteen album to his credit including "Dancing Shoe" (Virgin Records), "Thin Line Between Love & Hate" (Trojan Records), 'Colour Is Not The Answer" (Jama Records), "Pleasure And Pain" (Studio One), "Everyday People" (Creole Records), "I'm Aware Of Love", "Wish Me Luck", "In Control" and "Just One Moment" (on his own Soul Beat label).

As a record producer he was equally successful as he has had hits like "Laugh It Off" by Phil Francis, "Tonight Is The Night" and "I Must Be Dreaming" by Claudette Miller, "Sweet Sunshine" by Pat Rhoden, "Give Love A Try" and "Mash Up Illiteracy" by Delroy Wilson, and "Let Me Go Girl" by Slim Smith.

Furthermore B.B. Seaton has also written songs for such top Jamaican and English artists like Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Dennis Brown, Aswad, Freddie McGregor and UB40. As A & R at Studio One, Tip Top records and Beverley's Records he auditioned and passed artists like the Heptones, The Melodians, The Kingstonians, Lloyd Parks (as The Termites) and Fred Locks (as The Lyrics) and introduced Jackie Mittoo to Coxsone at Studio One. B.B. Seaton served as executive and Vice President for the Jamaica Federation Of Musicians, he received the El Suzie Award as best songwriter and the Jamaican Cultural Development Award in 1981-1982 for pioneering Jamaican music as a singer and songwriter.

B.B. Seaton is now releasing some of his vintage productions on his own Soul Beat label in London UK, whilst his son Richard is releasing hip-hop music on Soul Beat USA.

Text provided courtesy of Soul Beat Records.

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