Horace Andy

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Horace Andy (born Horace Hinds, 19 February 1951, Kingston, Jamaica) is a roots reggae songwriter and singer, known for his distinctive vocals and hit songs such as "Government Land", "You Are My Angel", "Skylarking" and a cover version of 'Ain't No Sunshine'.

Early Days

Hinds recorded his first single in 1967 for producer Phil Pratt but "This is a Black Man's Country" failed to make an impact, and it wouldn't be until 1970 that he achieved a breakthrough. After unsuccessfully auditioning at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One as a duo along with Frank Melody, he successfully auditioned on his own a few days later. Dodd decided Hinds should record as Horace Andy, partly to capitalize on the popularity of Bob Andy, and partly to avoid comparisons with his cousin Justin Hinds, with whom his singing style at the time showed a resemblance. "Got To Be Sure", the song he had auditioned with, became his first release for Studio One. The following two years saw the release of further singles such as "See a Man's Face", "Night Owl", "Fever", and "Mr. Bassie". One of Andy's most enduring songs, "Skylarking", first appeared on Dodd's Jamaica Today compilation album, but after proving a sound system success, it was released as a single, going on to top the Jamaican chart. The next few years saw Andy regularly in the reggae charts with further singles for Dodd such as "Something on My Mind", "Love of a Woman", "Just Say Who", and "Every Tongue Shall Tell", as well as singles for other producers such as "Lonely Woman" (for Derrick Harriott), "Girl I Love You" (Ernest and Joseph Hoo Kim), "Love You to Want Me" and "Delilah" (Gussie Clarke), and "Get Wise", "Feel Good", and "Money Is The Root of All Evil" for Phil Pratt. Andy had a second Jamaican number one single in 1973 with "Children of Israel". Andy's most successful association with a producer, however, was with Bunny Lee in the middle part of the 1970s. This era produced a series of singles now regarded as classics such as a re-recorded "Skylarking", "Just Say Who", "Don't Try To Use Me", "You Are My Angel", "Zion Gate", "I've Got to Get Away", and a new version of "Something on My Mind".

In 1977, Andy moved to Hartford, Connecticut in the USA with his first wife, Claudette, where he recorded for Everton DaSilva, including the In The Light album and its associated dub album, and singles such as "Do You Love My Music" and "Government Land". Andy set up his own Rhythm label, which became an outlet for his work with DaSilva. The association with the producer was brought to an abrupt end when DaSilva was murdered in 1979. Andy's 1978 album Pure Ranking had anticipated the rise of dancehall reggae, and he was a key figure in the early development of the genre, confirmed by 1982's Dance Hall Style album. Andy continued to record with a variety of producers in the first half of the 1980s. In 1985, with his second wife Caroline, he relocated to[Ladbroke Grove, London, and he recorded in the United Kingdom as well as regularly visiting Jamaica for further recording work.

Mainstream success with Massive Attack

1990 saw Andy's profile further raised when he began collaborating with Massive Attack, going on to contribute to four of their albums, most notably with "Angel" (a new version of "You are My Angel") released on their third album, Mezzanine. In the mid-1990s he also worked with Mad Professor, releasing the albums Life Is For Living and Roots and Branches. He continues to record new music, with the Living in the Flood album released in 1999 on Massive Attack's Melankolic label, and Mek It Bun in 2002.


  • Skylarking (1972) Studio One
  • You Are My Angel (1973) Trojan Records
  • Earth Must Be Hell (1974) Atra
  • Earth Must Be Hell - Dub (1974) Atra (with Winston Jarrett)
  • In The Light (1977) Hungry Town
  • In The Light Dub (1977) Hungry Town
  • Pure Ranking (1978) Clocktower Records|
  • Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy and U Black Inna Rub a Dub Style (1980) Yard International
  • Natty Dread a Weh She Want (1980) New Star
  • Unity Showcase (1981) Pre
  • Dance Hall Style (1982) Wackies
  • Showcase (1984) Vista Sounds
  • Confusion (1984) Music Hawk
  • Sings For You and I (1985) Striker Lee
  • Clash of the Andy's (1985) Thunderbolt
  • Elementary (1985) Rough Trade
  • Reggae Superstars Meet (1986) Striker Lee
  • From One Extreme To Another (1986) Beta
  • Haul & Jack Up (1987) Live & Love
  • Fresh (1988) Island In The Sun
  • Shame and Scandal (1988)
  • Everyday People (1988) Wackies
  • Rude Boy (1993) Shanachie Records
  • Jah Shaka Meets Horace Andy (1994) Jah Shaka Music
  • Dub Salute 1 Featuring Horace Andy (1994) Jah Shaka Music
  • Seek and You Will Find (1995) Blackamix International
  • Seek and You Will Find - The Dub Pieces (1995) Blackamix International
  • Life Is For Living (1995) Ariwa
  • Roots and Branches (1997) Ariwa
  • See and Blind (1998) Heartbeat Records
  • Living In The Flood (1999) Melankolic
  • Mek It Bun (2002) Wrasse
  • From the Roots: Horace Andy Meets Mad Professor RAS Records
  • This World (2005) Attack Records (UK)
  • Livin' It Up (2007) Medium
  • On Tour (2008) Sanctuary Records
  • Two Phazed People (2009) dontTouch