b. 13 January 1946, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Boris Gardiner, bass player, vocalist and musical director, has never been one of reggaeGÇÖs most celebrated names, but he has remained a permanent fixture in the music and has three major UK chart hits to his credit. His bass-playing skills first emerged in the late 60s, and the bands he graced included Byron LeeGÇÖs Dragonaires, the Aggrovators, Crystalites and many more. His first brush with chart success was GÇÿElizabethan ReggaeGÇÖ, recorded for Lee, which hit number 14 in January 1970. Gardiner toured the UK in support of his hit, which, at first, was incorrectly credited to its producer. His debut album, again produced by Lee, was released the same year. In its wake, Gardiner immersed himself in session work, regularly playing as part of the Now Generation band, and he later became a member of Lee PerryGÇÖs Upsetters, following Carlton and Aston GÇÿFamilymanGÇÖ BarrettGÇÖs defection to the Wailers. His solid, incisive basslines were seldom prominent, yet always effective. In the 80s, as reggae was on the cusp of the digital era, an age likely to put paid to the careers of bass players, GardinerGÇÖs mellow, soulful voice came to the fore on a MOR reggae ballad, GÇÿI Want To Wake Up With YouGÇÖ, which hit number 1 in the UK charts. Gardiner, who had been intermittently dogged by illness throughout the 80s, was finally receiving his due. His follow-up, GÇÿYouGÇÖre Everything To MeGÇÖ, went to number 11, and the seasonal GÇÿThe Meaning Of ChristmasGÇÖ also scraped the charts.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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