Chris Cracknell, who has masterminded the A&R policy at reggae specialist Greensleeves Records over the past 30 years, will be leaving the company at the end of March in order to pursue other interests.
Greensleeves was founded back in 1975, originally as a record shop in West Ealing, and went on to become one of the leading independent record companies. Artists released by the label over the years have included Dr Alimantado, Eek-A-Mouse, Yellowman, Shabba Ranks, Gregory Isaacs, Sizzla, Elephant Man and many more. Hits have included "Hello Darling" by Tippa Irie (which Chris Cracknell co-produced), "Oh Carolina" by Shaggy (a UK No. 1), "Heads High" by Mr Vegas and "Who Am I (Zim Zimma)" by Beenie Man.
Greensleeves was run as a close partnership between Chris Cracknell, who oversaw the A&R policy, and Chris Sedgwick, who looked after the business side of the company. Greensleeves was sold to public company Zest Group plc in March 2006, Chris Cracknell agreed to a one-year contract at the time of sale to ensure a smooth handover.
He would like to thank all the producers, artists, writers and business associates for "a lot of stress, a lot of strain ... and a lot of fun!" He will continue to keep in touch with reggae, and to support Zest in their drive for continued growth for the Greensleeves label.