b. Leslie Tucker, 1966, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Tucker began his career as a talented child musician. He came from a musical family; his uncle was a vocalist with Count Ossie And The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari. In 1976, Tucker recorded a version of â€˜Sideshowâ€™ with Earl â€˜Chinnaâ€™ Smith, which had been a major hit for Barry Biggs in the same year. In April 1978, the One Love Peace Concert included a performance from Tucker, during which he sang â€˜Happyâ€™, â€˜Mr Melodyâ€™ and a cover version of the Jacksonsâ€™ â€˜Enjoy Yourselfâ€™, which was featured on Itâ€™s A Small Small World. The nine-track album also featured the first reggae cover version of Stephen Bishopâ€™s â€˜On And Onâ€™, which was a hit for Aswad in 1989, and â€˜Whoâ€™s Lovinâ€™ Youâ€™. Still working with his original producer, Tommy Cowan, in 1980, he enjoyed a big hit with â€˜Some Guys Have All The Luckâ€™. The â€˜child starâ€™ description persisted, however, and Tucker then took a break from music. In the late 80s he worked with Handel Tucker and Erskine Thompson, and his first release with them, â€˜Donâ€™t Testâ€™, demonstrated all the bravado then prevalent in the dancehall and married reggae with opera. The follow-up, â€˜Sixteenâ€™, was also overlooked, as was his recording featuring DJ Lieutenant Stitchie, â€˜Are You Readyâ€™, and â€˜Love Is The Strongest Emotionâ€™. In 1991 Tucker recorded a cover version of Curtis Mayfieldâ€™s â€˜You Donâ€™t Careâ€™ with Steely And Clevie. In 1993, he achieved a reggae number 1 hit with â€˜Love Of A Lifetimeâ€™, and in the mid-90s he recorded with Richie Stephens, Buccaneer, Papa San, General Degree and Beenie Man. In 1994, he released â€˜Born To Love Youâ€™, which was also a hit.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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