Wishing Eddy Grant An “Electric” Birthday

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(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

(Photo courtesy of last.fm)

Today is musician [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eddy Grant[/lastfm]‘s birthday!

And to celebrate, Jack FM is gonna rock down to “Electric Avenue.”

That is, if our GPS can find it.

Born in Guyana and raised in England, Eddy Grant first found success in 1968 as lead guitarist of the group [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Equals[/lastfm].  Their single “Baby Come Back,” which Grant wrote himself, went to No. 1 on the U.K. Singles chart.

After suffering a heart attack and collapsed lung in ’71, Eddy Grant left The Equals in pursuit of a solo career.  His commercial breakthrough came ten years later with the release of his fourth album, Can’t Get Enough.  It peaked at No. 39 on the British charts and produced the Top 40 singles “Do You Feel My Love,” “Can’t Get Enough of You” and “I Love You, Yes I Love You.”

In 1982, Eddy Grant released Killer on the Rampage, his most successful album to date.  Killer on the Rampage was a Top 10 smash on both sides of the Atlantic, and it established Grant as a popular act in the U.S.  The single “Electric Avenue,” about London’s 1981 Brixton riot, landed at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over a million copies, becoming Grant’s best-known hit.  “Electric Avenue” is also Jack’s Song of the Day.

Since then, Eddy Grant has continued to make music and release records, his latest being 2006’s Reparation.  He also owns and operates the Blue Wave recording studio in Barbados and has produced for such artists as [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sting[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mick Jagger[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elvis Costello[/lastfm].

Here’s Eddy Grant performing his 1984 hit “Romancing the Stone.”  Seriously, what’s up with the lady in the fish tank?!

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