Fab 5 celebrating 40 years


One of Jamaica's most popular bands will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this month.

Fab 5, formed in 1970, is Jamaica's preeminent popular band.
The band comprises three 1970 foundation members manager Frankie Campbell (bass); Harold (Jr.) Bailey (guitar, flute and saxophone, now part-time and overseas sound engineer) and; musical director Grub Cooper (drums and lead vocals).

Former members include Sidney Thorpe (keyboards); Donovan Lee Palmer (Keyboards); Romeo Gray (trombone) and Glenroy Samuels (guitar) and Andre Palmer (Trumpet).

Other artistes perform from time to time as part of the wider Stage Records (the band’s recording company) family.

The group has dominated the Jamaican awards for show and dance bands for decades, as attested by the 29 awards they won between 1986 and 1996, the most amassed by any artiste in Jamaican music history.
Over the years, Fab 5 has taken almost its distinctive sound all over the world. The group has shared the stage with legends of the music industry, including Jimmy Cliff, Jerry Butler and Bob Marley and Ray Charles.

The band has won several international awards, including the 1996 award for Best Album and Best Single 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.

In 2003, Fab 5 received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in The Performing Arts.