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BARRY BOOM Information

Barry Boom has emerged as one of the cornerstones of British reggae music. As a singer, producer, songwriter and musician he is a 'quadruple' threat with a musical pedigree that few in the reggae music genre can match. Barry Boom was born Paul Robinson in May 1964 in St Giles Hospital, Camberwell, London (UK); to Jamaican immigrants Ernest Robinson (a carpenter) and Sithel Robinson (a seamstress). He is the youngest of six boys. He first appeared on record aged 13, as a lead vocalist/drummer in the Simeons band with his 2 brothers (Ewan and Trevor), alongside Peter Newell. The Simeons recorded one album entitled "Dub Conference in London" (Freedom Sounds Records 1978). In 1979 he formed part of "One Blood" alongside four of his older brothers. They cut two albums with Neville King Records, "In Love" (1980) and "Super Showcase" (1982). One Blood also released a series of successful singles throughout the period. In 1983 Boom moved into production for the first time scoring a certified reggae classic hit; with his production of Papa Levi on "Mi God Mi King", staying at the number one spot in the UK reggae charts for 8 weeks. "Mi God Mi King" was picked up by Island Records and was released in Jamaica on the Taxi Gang label. It sat atop the JA reggae charts for six weeks (the first British recording artist to hit the number one spot in JA) and Boom received his first recognition as a UK reggae producer. In 1984 Boom started his own record label 'Level Vibes Records' and went on to produce singles for Maxi Priest ('Throw mi Corn', 'Should I' etc), which all went to the number one spot on the UK reggae charts. After recording numerous dub plates using many different pseudonyms for various sound systems around the UK and Europe; the name 'Boom' became Paul's main nickname and the notoriety of the dub plates created the demand for Barry Boom to become a recording artist. He produced and released his first single "When You Smile" in 1984 on his own Level Vibes Label, which was his first solo number one in the UK reggae charts. That same year Boom produced and sang the 'One Blood' hits; "Get in Touch" (Ensign Records), "It's A Romance" and "Changed Man" (Level Vibes Records). All achieved the number one spot in the UK reggae charts. Barry Boom was a very busy man in 1984; he founded the Caution Band featuring Maxi Priest and in this set up performed as drummer/backing vocalist/musical director. Boom went on to produce and compose all the music and (co-write lyrics with Maxi) for the Maxi Priest debut album "You're Safe". Boom's musical style and record production was innovative and spawned a unique sound that was instantly recognisable. This immediately caught the attention of the music executives at Virgin 10 Records. EMI signed them both for publishing, Maxi Priest was signed to a recording deal and the rest is history. With the success of the Caution band and the Maxi Priest debut album; Paul 'Barry Boom' Robinson was being called upon to provide his production services to rising UK recording artists. Boom was subsequently approached by Polydor Records to produce and co-write the debut album by Smiley Culture "Tongue n Cheek", which went on to become a major success in the UK and internationally. In 1988; Boom was invited to join the Sly & Robbie/Taxi Gang world tour, which featured Freddie McGregor and Maxi Priest. The tour gave Boom an opportunity to shine in his capacity as a second tenor backing vocalist (freeing him from his drum playing duties), therefore giving him a new impetus to get back out front as a lead vocalist and do his thing. On his return to the UK in December 1989, with this renewed vigour; Barry Boom recorded his classic anthem, "Making Love" on Fashion Records. It remained on the reggae charts at number one for 7 weeks and entered the British national charts. The following year Boom produced and co-wrote his debut album "The Living Boom", which was released on Fashion Records. The album went to number one in the UK reggae charts and stayed for a further 6 weeks. Barry Boom received the BBC Radio One award for 'Best Male Vocalist' at the 1990 British Reggae Awards in London. VOX magazine described the album in its review as 'Brilliant'. In 1991 he received the Best British Reggae Album award. He was also nominated in a further 4 categories: Best Songwriter, Best Single, Best Producer and Best Musician. In 1992 Barry Boom recorded his sophomore album "Trust Me" at Tuff Gong Recording studios in Kingston, Jamaica; he worked with reggae giants Sly & Robbie, Robbie Lyn, Danny Brownie and Handel Tucker. The first single "Dial My Number" went to number one in the UK reggae charts. The single "Kissing You" (featuring Cutty Ranks) received heavy rotation on US and Jamaican radio. In 1994 Barry Boom was the opening act performing live as tour support for Chaka Demus and Pliers on the UB40 'Promises and Lies' tour. Boom also worked as Musical Director for Chaka Demus & Pliers during the tour. The tour covered Japan, Australia, Europe and the Caribbean; regularly playing live to audiences ranging from 5000 - 250,000 people. Over the years Barry has racked up several more hits of his own such as 'Hurry Over', 'Baby We've Got Love', 'Raindrops' 'Dial My Number',For The Love Of You' and 'His Love'


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Saturday 13th March 21

The 14th Annual UK Legends of Legends

The Parklands Banqueting Suite, Richmond House, Birmingham