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Barry Ford

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:50 am
by Charlie
And still they keep coming, these figures from my past. The latest is drummer Barry Ford, who splits his time between Brixton and Jamaica

Here's his bio, adapted from his MySpace profile

Barry started life in the music business as a drummer in a gospel group, The Soul Seekers with vocalist Tony Kingston. Under the name Tony Tribe, the vocalist made the first best-selling reggae version of Neil Diamond's 'Red Red Wine' (many years before UB40 !) and Barry toured with him toured extensively.

Barry joined guitarist Gordon Hunte, bass player Trevor Williams and keyboard player Tony Cole, to begin writing their own material, first under the name The Power and then as Noir, Britain's first all black rock band.

Noir signed to Dawn Records but in the middle of recording their first album got caught up in a dispute with the label which caused the band to split. Although the record was never completed, the label released it anyway under the title of We Had To Let You Have It.

After Noir, Barry concentrated on being a session drummer working with BB King, Robert Palmer, Ram John Holder, (Pork Pie) Vivian Stanshal, Doctor John etc;

Round about this time he was invited by Charlie Gillett to join Kilburn And The High Roads with Ian Dury. Barry says one his favourite songs which he recorded with them was Clever Trevor. (*)

While playing with The Kilburns, Barry was approached by the band Clancy who also needed a drummer, and so along with Dave Skinner (Keyboards) Dave Vasco (guitar) Ernie Graham (guitar) Collin Bass (bass) and master percussionist Gasper Lawall they recorded two albums for Warner Bros Records.

After the demise of Clancy, Barry along with Michael Dan (keyboards) Winston Bennett (guitar) took a little time in the studio and under the name Merger recorded Exiles Ina Babylon on the Sun Star Label, for which Barry changed places from drummer to front man on vocals.

It wasn't long before egos got in the way of the music, so Barry went to Jamaica where he teamed up with Dennis Brown to produce a single for Pam Nestor called Hiding & Seeking.

It was at this point he met the one and only Freddy McGregor & The One Love Band. With Freddy on drums they recorded the album Cool Breeze Blowing in Harry J's studio in Kingston.

Most of the tracks from this album are featured on the Soundtrack of the Paramount Picture Ladies & Gentlemen - The Fabulous Stains, directed by Lou Adler, and starring Ray Winstone, Diane Laine, Laura Derne, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Paul Simenon and Barry Ford as Lawnboy.

Try and catch it, its a cult classic.

(*) CG note: Can't have been Clever Trevor, as Ian wrote that later with Chaz Jankel.