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Cynthia Richards

Cynthia Richards' voice first won the adoration of fellow pupils at the Denham Town Primary school, where she impressed them at end-of-term concerts. On the suggestion of one of her teachers, she appeared on Vere John's Talent Show, and utilised the financial rewards to further her career. She worked outside music as a magistrate's clerk, as well as with veteran guitarist Bobby Aitken's Carib Beats Band.



Following her departure from the group, her vocal skills were employed by the Falcons, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires and the Mighty Vikings. In 1969, she recorded her first single, 'How Could I', for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. The song did not make any waves but, encouraged by what he had heard, Clancy Eccles recorded her and 'Foolish Fool' was a smash hit in Jamaica. (The single was also released in the UK, where it bubbled under the pop chart.) Continuing with her live performances, in 1970 she also linked up with Skin Flesh And Bones, performing at the Tit-For-Tat club while maintaining her solo career. Frustrated with the lack of financial reward for her recordings, she did not return to the studio until summoned by Duke Reid. She recorded a version of 'Clean Up Woman', 'Sentimental Reasons' and the more rootsy 'Aily I', the latter proving a UK reggae smash when released on the Attack label in 1972.



With other producers, including Alvin 'GG' Ranglin and Larry Lawrence, she released the minor hits 'Place In My Heart' and 'Change Partners'. With the business side of the industry thwarting her efforts, Richards decided to go it alone. By 1972 she had recorded 'Mr. Postman', which, assisted by Al Brown, was written, produced and arranged by Richards. In 1973, she enjoyed a hit with the Staple Singers' 'If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)'. She was voted Top Female Artist of 1973 and toured as part of the Jamaica showcase alongside Dennis Brown, Toots & The Maytals, Sharon Forrester and Al Brown, all backed by Skin Flesh And Bones.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fatty Fatty (1967-1970)

1. Fatty Fatty

2. Holly Holy

3. Phantom

4. Say What You're Saying

5. Please Stay

6. Foolish Fool

7. Mr. Midnight

8. Simple Simon

9. C.N. Express

10. Mademoiselle

11. No Good Girl

13. Auntie Lulu

14. Don't Look Back

15. My Lonely Days Alone

17. Old Man Say

18. Easy Snappin'

19. Soul Power

20. Bag A Boo

22. Here Comes The Night

23. Promises

24. I Don't Care

25. Rub It Down

26. Rathid

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Track List: The Bunny Lee Rocksteady Years

1. Lonely Lover

2. My Conversation

3. Hey There Lonely Girl

4. Take Me Back

5. Long Day Short Night

6. How Could I

7. Let Me Go Girl

8. Don't Believe Him

9. King And Queen

10. The Dark End Of The Street

12. Right On Time

13. I Can't Help It

15. Long Time Me No See You Girl

16. Forever

17. Somebody To Love

18. To Sir With Love

19. I'm Going Home

20. Build My World Around You

21. Hold Down Miss Winey

23. Born To Love You

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What a beautiful voice.

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