Fab 5, formed in 1970, is Jamaica’s pre eminent popular band, whether measured by record sales at home, hits on the charts, frequency of engagements or major awards won over the years.
The busiest band in Jamaica, Fab 5 is in great demand not only for concerts and dances but also in the studio where they are the leading creators of commercial jingles for radio and television, dominating the airwaves and earning a string of prestigious awards, including four golden microphones. They have their own recording studio (Stage Studio) and record label and distribution company (Stage Records). They have been the chosen band for almost every national and state occasion since the mid 1970s. In 2003 Fab 5 received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in The Performing Arts for their services to Jamaican music.
They have taken their authoritative brand of Jamaican music all over the world sharing bandstands with many of the great and famous names of modern popular music, including: The Manhattans; Ray Goodman & Brown; Rick James; Roberta Flack; The Chi Lites; Miriam Makeba; Bob Marley; Jimmy Cliff; The Mighty Sparrow; Aretha Franklin; and Gladys Knight just to name a few.
They have performed at the Kool Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Jazz Festival and for Japansplash and have entertained a live audience of one million at an anti-nuclear concert in New York’s Central Park.
Fab 5 has enjoyed an endless succession of hits in Jamaica and the “ethnic” markets of North America. In their early years such songs as “Chirpy Cheep”, “Shaving Cream”, “Oh, Dad” and “Love Me For A Reason”, and their musicality and showmanship made Fab 5 the rage on the dance and show circuits.
They backed Johnny Nash on all the reggae cuts comprising most of his platinum album “I Can See Clearly Now”. Two singles from that album, “Guava Jelly” and “Stir It Up”, established Bob Marley as a major songwriter on the international scene.
They have been kept on top by the likes of “Yu Safe”, “Ring Road Jam”, “Feeling Horny”, “Computer Mad”, “What The Police High Command Can Do”, “Jamaican Woman”, “Psalms”, “All Night Party”, “Mini”, “Sweat”, “Don’t Wear None”, “Freeze”, “Good Buddy”, “Mango” and their “Live” series.
Their twenty-two albums have been as successful as their singles, and their multi award winning soca album “Yu Safe” was probably the most popular album produced in Jamaica in the decade of the ’80s. The newest release from the band is the 2012 live tribute to Jamaica 50, “50 Years of Jamaican Music 1962-2012”, which has been selling quickly.
The group has also won several international awards, including the 1996 awards for Best Album and Best Single (both won for “Good Buddy”) at the Miami Reggae/Soca Awards and the 1999 “Best International Reggae Album” award at the Canadian Reggae Music Awards for “Fab 5 Live – The Ultimate Vintage Jamaican Party Mix … Part 1.” Fab 5 have also won the “Best Soca Album” award at the Reggaesoca Awards in Miami for their 1999 album “Shape,” thus making them the first group in history to win best album awards for reggae and soca in the same year.