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Eddy Grant (1991)

Interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages audio, 1991

Eddy Grant talks about forming the Equals with school friends in Tottenham; their hits 'Baby Come Back' and 'Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys'; his heart attack, and leaving the band; contractual issues with manager Edward Kassner, and regaining his copyrights; building his own studio; dying his hair white; his solo albums, and hits 'Walking on Sunshine' and 'Living on the Front Line'; moving to Barbados and building his Blue Wave studio, and about his sporting heroes and friends.

File format: mp3; file size: 131.5mb, interview length: 2h 17' 01" sound quality: *****

The Equals' Eddy Grant (2002)

Interview by Bill Brewster, Rock's Backpages audio, 15 October 2002

The Equals' guitarist/writer/producer remembers his first impressions of London on arrival from Guyana in 1960; the epiphany of seeing Chuck Berry live in '64; forming the Equals at school; the London black music scene; getting signed and having hits; his heart attack and the end of the band, and getting his studio.

File format: mp3; file size: 134.6mb, interview length: 2h 20' 13" sound quality: *****

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Albums from Love, Herb Alpert, the Equals et al

Review by Peter Jones, Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 27 January 1968

From the U.S.A. there are West Coast goodies by Love and Herb Alpert. U.K. albums include first Herd, second Equals and an L.P. by Des ...

Rehearsal track gives the Equals hit

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 15 June 1968

I HAVE NEWS for groups and singers who consider it's always necessary to do about 50 "takes" before they get their records to the right ...

The Equals: Everyone Should Be Drafted Into Pop...

Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, 15 June 1968

THE GROOVY Francis Bacon, sixteenth century writer extraordinary, once said: "There is little friendship in the world, least of all between Equals". But the groovy ...

Equals Stunned By No. 3 Hit

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 29 June 1968

EVEN THE Equals can't believe an old half-forgotten track like 'Baby Come Back' could have boosted them from nowhere right up into the big money-earning ...

Thwarted Fans Threaten Equals With Bomb!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 27 July 1968

TAKE THREE distinct styles of music — out-and-out Soul, happy-to-be-in-de-sunshine Calypso, and straight commercial Pop — and the chances are you'll find three distinct sets ...

Equals Bring Back "Happy" Music

Interview by Alan Walsh, Melody Maker, 3 May 1969

THE INHABITANTS of the MM's Fleet Street HQ are pretty used by now to witnessing the more bizarre manifestations of Britain's pop scene. ...

The Rolling Stones, Plastic Ono Band et al: New Singles

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 5 July 1969

ROLLING STONES: 'Honky Tonk Women'/'You Can't Always Get What You Want' (Decca). An important single for the Stones, but a disappointment for us . ...

Festivals & Pop Proms

Live Review by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, 12 July 1969


The Equals: Black Skin, Blue-Eyed Boys...

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, 23 January 1971

Mark Plummer talks to EDDY GRANT ...

'Black Skins' Could Be Equals' Biggest In The States

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 20 February 1971

LEADER-SONGWRITER Eddie Grant lives and breathes the Equals, whose fat, pumping 'Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys' single is at No. 19 in this week's NME ...

Motorhead, Mighty Diamonds et al: Singles Reviews

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, 25 June 1977


Eddy Grant: A Reggae Popster Makes His Own Breaks

Interview by Carol Cooper, Musician, June 1983

REMEMBER D.I.Y.? Remember all those fierce and earnest punk rockers who vowed to bypass the corporate monopoly and conquer the rapidly devolving Western world? It ...

The Equals: Hello/Goodbye

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Brewster, MOJO, 2006

The Equals were a groundbreaking multiracial pop group at a time of terrible racism. This is the story of how they came together in a ...

Lloyd Bradley: Sounds Like London

Book Review by Greg Wilson,, 9 October 2013

JUST FINISHED a captivating and, to my mind, long-overdue book, which covers the history of black music in the capital spanning (almost) 100 years, the ...

see also Eddy Grant


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