Sierra Nevada World Music Festival - 2004

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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 onthe 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 Footlabel. Mixed by renowned JA engineer, Scientist, "What A System" has received international critical acclaim and has secured and maintained Top Charting positions since then. 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.

Artist Biography courtesy of Entertainment Works

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