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Bob And MarciaText by Harry Hawks

These ‘one hit wonders’ from way back when are actually Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths: two giants of Jamaican music whose work is inextricably entwined with the development of reggae music and whose innumerable hits stretch from the sixties up to the present day.
Date Added: Jun 8, 2010, Date Updated: May 31, 2017 Copyright (C) 2019 Dub Store Sound Inc.
Members:Bob Andy
Marcia Griffiths
Place of Establishment: Jamaica
Bob and Marcia's 'Young Gifted & Black' was one of the earliest crossover hits from the time when reggae music first began to insinuate itself into the U.K. national, then international, consciousness. Nina Simone's black power anthem, which could perhaps have been interpreted as ironic when sung by Ms Simone, became an upbeat pop song with strings attached when performed by Bob & Marcia. Produced by Harry 'Harry J' Johnson(Harry Johnson), with an added string arrangement courtesy of Johnny Arthey, the record reached Number 5 on the U.K. National Charts in March 1970.

The message was still there, sweetened by a bright, cheerful rhythm and violins, and the record was really rather subversive in a very upfront manner. People who still add up the equation that makes skinhead equal racist now conveniently forget that it was the skinhead interest in this music that initially put 'Young Gifted & Black' into the National Charts. The duo followed it up with a version of 'Pied Piper' which had previously been a hit for Crispian St Peters. This record just missed the top ten of the National Charts in July 1971 and helped to convince the doubters that the duo were little more than pop music lightweights.

Nothing could be further from the truth: both as solo artists and as members of vocal groups the contributions of Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths to the history of Jamaican music are formidable and, in the world of reggae, they are justifiably celebrated and revered as two of the music's biggest and brightest stars.
Jun 8, 2010 (May 31, 2017 Update) Text by Harry Hawks
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Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Always Together
7" Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Always Together / Heptones - Young Generation Studio One Really Together/Always Together
  
¥850 (US$7.60)
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Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Pied Piper: Best Of (25 Tracks)
CD Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Pied Piper: Best Of (25 Tracks) Trojan UK
  
¥2380 (US$21.29)
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Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Really Together (Japanese Press)
CD Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Really Together (Japanese Press) Alpha Enterprise JPN
  
¥2100 (US$18.78)
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Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Sweet Memories (1972-1976) (20 tracks)
CD Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Sweet Memories (1972-1976) (20 tracks) Nector Records UK
  
¥2380 (US$21.29)
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Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Really Together
CD Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Really Together I Anka UK
  
¥2280 (US$20.39)
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Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Young Gifted & Black
LP Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Young Gifted & Black Harry J
  
¥2180 (US$19.50)
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Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Really Together
LP Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Really Together I Anka UK (Org) Info: Original Press
  
¥3980 (US$35.59)
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Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - We Got To Get Ourself Together
7" Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - We Got To Get Ourself Together Harry J
  
¥570 (US$5.10)
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Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Young Gifted & Black
7" Bob Andy, Marcia Griffiths - Young Gifted & Black Harry J Info: Adapted
  
¥700 (US$6.26)
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