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Spanner Banner

Spanner Banner is the stage name of reggae recording artist and songwriter Joseph Anthony Bonner. One of Violet and Ivanhoe Bonner's 11 offspring, the Jamaican-born performer is one of four siblings who headed into the music business. Brother Pliers, who made the leap to professional recording artist in 1987, is one-half of the duo Chaka Demus & Pliers, whose international hits include "Tease Me." Banner penned and originally recorded the song before Pliers took it into the Top 5 on British charts. Richie Spice, another brother, debuted in the U.S. during the summer of 2000 with Universal, an album that offered three Bonner brothers for the price of one with featured appearances by siblings Banner and DJ Snatcher Dogg. Four years before, Spice had scored big with the single "All Night Long."



Banner became interested in music early in life and began to try his hand at songwriting. Early on, he sang in St. Andrew. By the late '80s, he was working on the single "Life Goes On" with Winston Riley, a producer who also sings with the Techniques. The song earned him a large number of fans and led to the recording of a similarly named album. Producers began to sit up and take notice, among them Bobby Digital and Philip "Fattis" Burrell, and he was off and running with his recording career. Island Jamaica offered Banner a recording contract in 1993. The following year he put out Now & Forever, and two years later the company released Chill. The album benefited from the input of experienced producers Sly & Robbie and the Jamaican Music Awards honored the effort by naming it the year's Best Produced Album. The release spawned several successful singles, among them "Universal Love," "Cheater," "What We Need Is Love," "Michelle," "You Gotta Be," and the title track. Banner supported the release with tours that took him to the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Great Britain.



By 1997, Banner had put out the album Clean Up Your Action and had established a label of his own that he dubbed Sweet Angel. The new label issued his Lover's Story album the following year, and it spawned another hit single, "Ladies Man." Goldfinger worked as producer on a trio of the recording's tracks. In addition to performing, songwriting, recording, and running his record company, Banner also took on the duties of a producer. He also began a professional association with Blend Dem Productions, a label headquartered in Jamaica. ~ Linda Seida
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Don Corleon Presents: Heavenly Riddim

1. How Long

2. Heavenly

3. Jah Protect Us

4. Hold Her

5. High Altitude

6. No Doubt About It

7. One Love

8. Peace

9. Take You There

10. Have Been Loving You

11. Brown Skin

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Track List: Every Little Thing

1. Every Little Thing

2. Reason No More

3. Come Along

4. What's The Use

5. Flower Of My Garden

6. Can You Hear The Calling

7. Roman Soldier

8. Sometime I Wonder

9. Wonders Of Creation

10. Please Come On Over

11. Holy Mount Zion

12. Pray For The Day

14. Give Jah My All

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Track List: Iklektik Riddim

1. Can't Haul We In

2. Greedy Babylon

3. More Of Jah Love

4. Babylon Don't Know I Needs

5. Till Up The Soil

6. Is He Your Lover

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Track List: Kickin' Production #1

1. Chant A Prayer

2. Loving Pauper

3. Give A Little

4. Oh Honey

5. Since I Fell For You

6. Call Me

7. This One's For You

8. Don't Want To Lose Your Love

9. I'm Coming Home

10. Nice & Slow

11. Disarm The World

12. Immortality

13. Yesterday

14. Body's Calling

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Track List: Millennium Dancehall Style Vol. 1

1. Proud 2 B Hot

2. Real Gallis

3. You Mi Want

4. Island Tour

5. Plantain Farmer

9. Haunt Woman

11. Come See Me

12. Performance Drive

13. I Like It

14. Work Hard

19. Mi G

20. Pirates

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Track List: No More War

2. Light Is Life

4. Jah Is My Keeper

5. Who Feels It

6. No Gun Play

11. Never Give Up

13. Sell Out Di Roots

15. Nah Roll Over

17. Peace

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Track List: No More War Riddim

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Track List: Penthouse Showcase Vol. 3: Automatic Riddim

1. It's You

2. Love Is Automatic

3. Tonight Is Yours

5. Treat Your Like A Lady

7. Jah Never Let Us Down

8. Rolling Stone

10. Rude Bwoy Love

11. Keeping It Real (Feat. Busy Signal)

12. Love Doctor

14. Automaic Riddim

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Track List: Rock N' Sway

1. Don't Bother Trouble

2. Google

3. Talk To Me

5. Best Thing In My Life

6. Ego

7. Master Of The Game

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Track List: Sentiments Of Love

1. One Last Memory

3. My First Love

4. Which Way

5. So Much In Love

6. Breaking Up

7. Take You To A Place

8. Try My Love Again

9. Have A Little Faith

10. Love On The Carpet

11. Ordinary Love

12. One Last Memory

13. So Much In Love

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Track List: Tings + Time

1. Get Ready

2. Your Mind (If Loving You Is Wrong)

3. Bend Down Low

4. What's The Matter With The World

5. Good Body Gal

6. Good Girls

7. Girl Of My Mind

8. As Long As You Love Me

10. Find 100 Ways

11. Still

12. I'll Prove It

13. Fight Fi Old Bruck

14. Hold On

15. Life Goes On

17. Woman

18. Nothing Gonna Change

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