Archiv für September 2009

Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson Aug. 18, 1962 - Sep. 1, 2009

September 19, 2009 - cgb

As I just learned yesterday, Steely Johnson, one half of the legendary and pioneering duo 'Steely & Clevie" passed away.

If the title 'Riddim Twins' hadn't already been attributed to Sly & Robbie it surely would have been the appropriate description for these two outstanding musicians, who started their professional career at the ages of 14 and 11 respectively - with the recording of Hugh Mundell's groundbreaking album 'Africa Must Be Free By The Year Of 1983'

Below some snippets I found on the web....

Steely started his career as the original keyboard player with the Roots Radix Band which backed Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer and numerous other artistes both on tour and in the recording studio, and also played on a number of hit recordings for various producers in the 70s. Steely also played on a large number of hit recordings for various artistes.
Noted as the pioneers of dancehall, but certainly not limited to this genre, Steely and Clevie have worked together for 30 years with domestic and international artistes of many styles with great success.
Steely and Clevie first worked together in 1974 at Harry J's Studio working on songs produced by Augustus Pablo. During the 80s, Steely and Clevie was employed as session musicians for King Jammy's, Bobby Digital, Techniques, Redman International, Music Works and Penthouse labels and others.
Clevie started his musical journey as a member of the noted Browne musical family, beginning as lead singer of the Browne Bunch's 1972 debut single We've Got A Good Thing Going. He was inspired by the professionalism of the group's producer Geoffrey Chung (a leading producer of his era) who would pay as much attention to the business as he would the production of music.
Steely and Clevie say they contributed to three-quarters of top dancehall songs in the 80s. Their influence, however, continues today having worked with No Doubt, Sean Paul, Elephant Man, and others.

[Jamaica Observer]

Here is a blog-post with some videos that Steely & Clevie contributed to.

Here is an obituariy from the LA Times.

This is a Steely & Clevie lecture at the Red Bull Music Academy (Seattle 2005)