The Annual ‘Night of Legends’ concert celebrating Cayman’s musical history and honoring the bands that paved the way for the Musicians of today is will be taking place at the Lion’s Centre on December 6th.
As part of the Cayman Music and Entertainment Associations Annual Calendar, this year’s event features the Kiemanaires and the Tornadoes, two bands that many Caymanians will remember from the ultra popular Galleon Beach era of live music in the Cayman Islands.
There will also be a raffle on the night, with the winning ticket levying CI$1000.00.
CMEA President Mr. Jean Eric Smith noted, “We are proud to honor these musicians of yesteryear and show our appreciation for the contribution they have made to our tourism product and the social fabric of our country.”
Kiemaniares members included:
• Guitarist - Bunny Myles (Musical Icon Awardee)
• Bass guitarist - Calvin Hooker
• Drummmer - Billy Dean
• Drum and vocals - Lloyd Brown
• Drum and Vocals - Vivian Paddyfoot
• Alto Sax: Kenneth - (Ken) Davis
• Tenor Sax - Wesley Howell (Musical Icon Awardee)
• Keyboards: George Wilks
• Vocalists: Papie Conolly, Lloyd Hill and Larry Cayasso
The Tornadoes were initially founded by Drummer: John Burns whilst working at Sea.
The band’s member included:
• 1st configuration
* Drummer - John Burns - Drummer
* Lead Guitar - McArthur Manderson
* Rhythm Guitar - Lewiston Ebanks
* Bass - Darnley Bryan
• Last configuration
* Lead Guitar: Steve Welds
* Rhythm Guitar: Ernie Bodden background vocals
* Michael Hurlston drums and Vocals
* Darnley Bryan bass
* Clifton Papie Conolly Vocals
Other scheduled performances on the evening will include acts such as the Regeneration Band, Local Motion 345, featuring Notch and a special appearance from Fab 5.
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.
Their first recording, "Come Back And Stay", was number one in Jamaica, and in their first year on the road, and for the following two years, they won the only available awards, the Swing Awards for best band of 1971-72, 1972-73 and 1973-74. They also took the El Suzie Award as Joint Top Road and Dance Band for 1975-76, as well as the RJR Listeners' Award for Best Band in 1980.
The band also backed Johnny Nash on all the artist’s reggae songs, 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.
Fab 5 have enjoyed an endless succession of hits in Jamaica, the Caribbean, Central Americ 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.