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Beres Hammond

One of the most underappreciated reggae artists of his time, Beres Hammond was something of a throwback during his '90s heyday: a soulful crooner indebted to classic rocksteady and American R&B, one who preferred live instrumentation and wrote much of his own material. Hammond specialized in romantic lovers rock, but he also found time to delve into light dancehall, conscious roots reggae, hip-hop fusion, and straight-up contemporary R&B. He was born Hugh Beresford Hammond on August 28, 1955, in Annotto Bay, in the Jamaican province of St. Mary. Hammond grew up listening to his father's collection of American R&B (Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, etc.) and jazz, and also fell in love with native Jamaican music during the ska and rocksteady eras; his primary influence was Alton Ellis, and he also listened to the likes of Peter Tosh, the Heptones, and Ken Boothe.

Over 1972-1973, Hammond performed successfully in talent competitions, one of which led to his first recording, a soul cover of Ellis' "Wanderer." In 1975, Hammond joined the group Zap Pow as lead singer; they enjoyed a hit single in 1978 with "The System." Meanwhile, Hammond was already exploring the idea of a solo career, cutting his debut album, Soul Reggae, with producer Willie Lindo in 1976. Urged by his label, Aquarius, to pick a song for single release, Hammond instead returned to the studio and cut a new track, the ballad "One Step Ahead." It was a massive chart-topping hit in Jamaica, and so was his second single, 1978's Joe Gibbs-produced "I'm in Love." Hammond left Zap Pow in 1979 to concentrate on his solo career, and initially worked as a session singer to make up for the royalties that were failing to come in. He recorded his second solo album, Just a Man, with Gibbs in 1980, and reunited with Lindo for 1981's Comin' at You.

Hammond subsequently continued his session work, also forming a harmony quintet called Tuesday's Children that never recorded but had some success as a live act. Following the 1985 album Let's Make a Song, he founded his own label, Harmony House, to ensure that he would have an outlet whenever arrangements with other companies fell through. The first two singles, "Groovy Little Thing" and the Willie Lindo-produced "What One Dance Can Do," were both major hits that nodded to the emerging dancehall style, and the latter not only started to break him in the international market, but proved to be his biggest Jamaican hit ever. A self-titled album also appeared in 1986, and he scored another hit with "Settling Down." In 1987, amid his growing notoriety, Hammond was the victim of an armed break-in and robbery; greatly shaken by the ordeal of having been tied up while thieves ransacked his home, he left Jamaica and spent some time in New York with relatives, away from the spotlight.

Reuniting with Willie Lindo in the Big Apple, Hammond set to work on the ballad-heavy Have a Nice Week End, and also teamed with emerging crossover star Maxi Priest for the 1988 duet "How Can We Ease the Pain." In the wake of Hurricane Gilbert, Hammond returned to Jamaica and recorded the tougher Putting Up Resistance with producer Tappa Zukie, which was released in 1989 and spawned a significant hit in the title track and a popular follow-up in "Strange." Hammond made his return permanent in 1990, signing with the Penthouse label and teaming that year with producer Donovan Germain for the enormous dancehall hit "Tempting to Touch." Perhaps his best-known song in the U.K. and U.S., "Tempting to Touch" topped the charts in Jamaica and paved the way for 1992's hit A Love Affair album, which included further hits in "Is This a Sign" and "Respect to You Baby."

Now attracting interest from larger labels, Hammond wrote and recorded prolifically in the '90s, and produced fairly consistent results. Sweetness appeared in 1993 on VP, and 1994 brought In Control, a set on American major Elektra that was geared toward the international market. VP distributed his 1996 Harmony House album Love From a Distance, which made him one of the most popular lovers rock artists around, and Heartbeat handled the 1997 follow-up Getting Stronger. 1998 brought A Day in the Life... on VP, after which Hammond took a few years' break from his frantic recording pace. In the meantime, several compilations were released, including Jet Star's Reggae Max and Forever Yours (the former a hits retrospective, the latter focusing on his lovers rock material). Hammond returned to the studio in 2001 for Music Is Life, which featured a guest spot from rapper Wyclef Jean. Love Has No Boundaries was released in 2004 on VP Records, and included guest spots by Buju Banton and Big Youth, among others. A Moment in Time appeared in 2008 and featured the hit "Picking Up the Pieces." His 2012 effort, One Love, One Life, was split into two discs, one dealing with love while the other focused on social issues. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: One Love One Life

1. Can't Waste No Time

2. Still Searching

3. No Candle Light

4. Don't You Feel Like Dancing

5. In My Arms

6. One Love One Life

7. Crazy Dreams

8. Can't Make Blood Out Of Stone

9. Lonely Fellow

10. You Stand Alone

11. My Life

12. Not Made Of Steel

13. Keep Me Warm

14. Family

15. More Time

16. Truth Will Live On

17. Shouldn't Be

18. Prime Time

19. The Song

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Track List: Just A Man

1. Music Is A Positive Vibration

2. John Crazy

3. Do This World A Favour

4. Keep My Wheel Turning

5. Just A Man

6. I'm Lonely

7. I'm In Love With You

8. Let Me Love You Tonight

9. Seasons

10. Set Me Free

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Track List: Can't Stop A Man

Disc 1

1. One Step Ahead

2. I'm So In Love

3. Last War (feat. Zap Pow)

4. Groovy Little Thing

5. What One Dance Can Do

6. She Loves Me Now

7. Tempted To Touch

8. Putting Up Resistance

9. Come Back Home

10. Full Attention

11. Who Say (feat. Buju Banton)

12. Live One (feat. Marcia Griffiths)

13. Double Trouble

14. Step Aside

15. Love Means Never To Say You're Sorry

16. Show It Off

17. Doctor's Order

18. My Wish

19. Sweetness

20. Sugar You Want

Disc 2

1. Preacher Man

2. Left Me Crying

3. I Could Beat Myself

4. No Disturb Sign

5. Can't Stop A Man

6. Love From A Distance

7. Sweet Lies

8. Call On The Father

9. Warriors Don't Cry

10. Qween & Lady

11. Hold On

12. Can You Play Some More

13. They Gonna Talk

14. Rock Away

15. Ain't It Good To Know (feat. Buju Banton)

16. Come Down Father

17. Ain't That Loving You (feat. U-Roy)

18. Dancehall Vibes (feat. Big Youth)

19. Giving Thanks (Live)

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Track List: Red Light

1. Red Light

2. It's Not Easy

3. Don't Want To Lose You

4. Put Your Arms Around Me

5. Comin' At You

6. Stand By

7. You Were There

8. Irie And Mello

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Track List: Love From A Distance

1. Much Have Been Said

2. Sweet Lies

3. Love From A Distance

4. Let It Go

5. Rose Garden

6. Highlight Of The Day

7. Take Time To Love

8. Black Beauty

9. Good Love

10. What A Life

11. Sing Glory

12. Can't Stop A Man

13. Cold Bumps

14. All Is Well

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Track List: A Moment In Time

1. I Feel Good

2. No Goodbye

3. Picking Up The Pieces

4. Still Will Be Heaven

5. Can't Say I Never Tried

6. Friends?

7. Give It All You've Got

8. I'll Live Again

9. Talking Africa

10. Dark Clouds

11. I Surrender

12. A Place For You

13. Bring It On

14. Body & Soul

15. Cry No More

16. A Moment In Time

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Classic, love always!!
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No one does it better
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love you Beres
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I Love Beres Hammond Songs
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One of the Best Artist in my eyes
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Love u Beres, love u baby to da fullest
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Love ur music..liste n to u everyday
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What can I say, Beres just sweet
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Why did you say Crown Prince, D Brown! !!!!!???!!?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ! ! ? ? ?
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He is truly amazing
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Keep Living right. God Bless you Love cookie..
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mrjalm
This bio is ok, but what about his work with the Crown Prince, D Brown?
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Love love love you Mr. Beres. Just love your voice, your music.
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They don't make dem like u anymore..... . g o t nothing but love for ur music!!!!
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Not for Sale, got me feeling some type of way... : ) Much love and respect Mr. Beres...
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♡ u beres now n forever
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Big up Beres Hammond all his tunes wicked
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Aj Scott
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It's the best song ever in the whole wide world
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Beres is the truth....muc h love!!!
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beres africa loves you
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The best beres
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Keep it coming. .SCREWFACE
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I love Beres Hammond songs
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This song describes the typical JAMAICAN man.
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Beres Hammond..... . ~ I just love this man~
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My favourite artist of all times
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Big to di one dem cal "Beres", di best uh di Best!!!
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Nice
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Team beres...One love
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So love this song.
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Love you beres
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king1playmat e
Pandora turn-off your auto-correct and stop changing my words, because the sentences don't make sense after, further I know correct English and Grammer.
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king1playmat e
If you never felt this way about a woman, then you have never experienced true LOVE, nor the emotional roller-coast e r bring a man to knees when a lady meets all his needs Sexually, Physically, Mentally, Spiritually, and Emotionally expanding the Quaility of Life, Love and Manhood with the ability to return to your lover, then get back ten times more after pleasing her first.
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All love for beres
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All those Sweet Lies........ . . . I told you so!!!!!!!!!! !
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Luvin ya like Wat's his name between da sheets man¡ Nah now bra
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King of lover's rock
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I got to see beres in concert in st. Pete Florida, it was one of the best days of my life, I grew up listening to beres and Gregory, but to see beres live was amazing!!!
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I love Beres every time he come to Norfolk, Va I'm in attendance great music great performance his music is good for the soul
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I love Beres Hammond music especially his album a day in the life.
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Awesome singer.
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His music is so inspiring
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Love your music it's up lifting.
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Beres Hammond number one Fan!!!
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Love all his music his music sick
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Inspiring.
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