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George Lee Larnyoh

 
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 9:31 am    Post subject: George Lee Larnyoh Reply with quote

Real Name Kwame Narh Kojo Larnyoh. Ghanaian saxophonist, composer, session musician and band leader, born 8th January 1938 in Ghana - died 18th September 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

A little bit about the man from bobmarleymagazine.com

Interview With George Lee Larnyoh (June 2008 by Marco Virgona)

Ciao Marco

I am sure you didn’t know I spent a few years in and around Italy (Bologna) with my band the Exotics in the late sixties, just a few years before I was in London at the Island Records studios with Bob Marley and Johnny Nash in the early seventies.The Island Records studios were very special, they had been converted from a beautiful old Notting Hill Gate church in west London and the acoustics were great.

The vibe on the Bob Marley sessions was always real, he had a way of generating energy in the studio, jumping and dancing the minute the music began, inspiring all the musicians with his enthusiasm so we would give our best. There was always lots of fruit, nuts and other such healthy things around the studio and at the house rented for them by Caymen Music. Bobby and I were buddies, he used to call me African rasta when we used to hang out at the studio or the house, Bob always wanted to know about Africa so we rapped a lot.

The studios were used exclusively by Bob Marley and Johnny Nash during this time so it was music all the way. Bobby, the Wailers and the session musicians were always jamming together at the house and the studio. Bob Marley was a dedicated musician and for me it was a pleasure to play with him.

My band was called Sons of the Jungle then and we were all on the Bob Marley sessions, we were already playing with producer Johnny Nash who had a number one hit worldwide with ‘I Can See Clearly’. I was also writing songs then which were later recorded by Johnny Nash, it was a very creative musical period all round.

It was at a promo concert in the Apollo Theatre New York when one of the theatre security guys came backstage and said “who is George Lee?” he told me there’s a weird looking dude at the stage door looking for you do you have a piece? meaning a gun. That was gentle Bobby coming to tell me he was leaving Caymen Music management as he felt that all the company’s efforts were going into their number one artist Johnny Nash and Bobby was feeling sidelined , emotionally he said he was ready to move on. It was during another concert at Watford Gap to the north of London that Johnny Nash had told British audiences to listen out for Bob Marley and the Wailers as they were going to make big waves with their music

For Bob’s sessions I did a solo on Natty Dread and we did Reggae on Broadway, Hurtin Inside, Oh Lord and Dance do the Reggae I recall.
Great times, great music , and Bob Marley a great man.

GEORGE LEE LARNYOH


The Exotics - Driftaway:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62Uo6VJVFr4

A bit fluffy. Written by Grorge Lee. I'm unsure about the vocalist - Tony Wilson perhaps?
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The above seems familiar, did we discuss this a year or so ago?

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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found it and moved the information over Joe. You can delete this thread now.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Andy - I thought it had struck a note!

I wonder if I can find the topic...
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The old topic is here:

http://forum.trojanrecords.com/viewtopic.php?t=12676
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As it's a duplicate - you can delete this thread Joe.
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