If you know reggae music, you know Clinton
"Basie" Fearon. For over 18 years Fearon was singer and bass
player with the internationally renowned group The Gladiators.
Fearon's first two releases with the group were (singles)
"Freedom Train" and "Rockaman Soul" on Lloyd Daley's Matador
label, both of which reached the Top 10 on
the Jamaican charts.
Jamaica's top producer, Coxsone Dodd of Studio One, produced
"The Gladiators" a full length album featuring Fearon as
songwriter and vocalist on several songs including Step Right
Back. In 1974 The Gladiators went to Joe Gibbs' studio to record
"Proverbial Reggae"; Fearon wrote many of the songs on this
album and the producer Prince Tony Robinson insisted that Fearon
sing the lead vocals including "Can You Imagine How I Feel,"
"Stop Before You Go," and "Marvel Not."
In addition to his demanding recording schedule
with The Gladiators, Fearon was also a house musician for Lee
"Scratch" Perry's Black Ark Studio. Fearon recorded on many of
Perry's best known songs, including "Roast Fish and Cornbread,"
which features one of Fearon's most famous bass lines.
When Fearon relocated to Seattle in 1989 he co-founded The
Defenders. He wrote the lyrics and sang lead vocals on The
Defenders' EP "Chant Down Babylon/Rock Your Bones." In 1990
Fearon released his first compilation of original tunes "Feel
The Spirit," and the first pressing sold out in less than one
month. In 1993 Fearon formed his own group, Boogie Brown Band.
The debut album was a collection of 13 original songs entitled
"Disturb the Devil." A second CD, "Mystic Whisper" was released
in early 1997. Fearon and Boogie Brown Band released their third
album, a double CD entitled "What a System" in June of 1999 on
the Kool Yu Foot label. Mixed by
renowned JA engineer, Scientist, "What A System" has received
international critical acclaim and has secured and maintained
Top Charting positions since then. 2005 saw
the release of two outstanding album "Give and Take" and the
outstanding acoustical "Mi An' Mi Guitar".
Clinton Fearon's latest
release "Vision" is yet another excellent Kool You Foot release.
Clinton Fearon is counted among
Jamaica's most talented musicians by peers and professionals in
the Reggae music industry. His infectious bass riffs have always
led the way, whether he is playing bass, guitar or percussion,
singing lead vocals or providing background harmonies.
- Biography courtesy of