The Fabulous Five Inc. (also known as Fab 5) is a reggae and soca band formed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. Over a 45-year career, they have released 26 albums, had many number 1 hits in Jamaica, and were the featured musicians on Johnny Nash’s platinum album I Can See Clearly Now.The Fabulous Five Inc. was initially a show band supporting various singers across Jamaica. They backed Johnny Nash on the reggae cuts comprising most of his 1972 platinum album I Can See Clearly Now. Their first recording was “Come Back And Stay”, which was a hit in Jamaica. During their first three years on the road, they won the Swing Awards for best band.

Fab 5 enjoyed a succession of hits in Jamaica and the markets of North America. Their multi‑award-winning soca album Yu Safe was the most-popular album produced in Jamaica in the 1980s. Their soca smash “Shape” is very popular and the band’s versatility is expressed in Dugu-Dugu, their all-reggae release, and the preceding all-ska album Ska Time.

They have developed songs not only with Jamaican music and sound, but with their own compositions of soca music. They have performed soul, funk, rock, jazz, disco, gospel, and classical music. Their album Christmas In the Sun is the most-successful Christmas album by a Jamaican band.They are still working frequently, for concerts and dances, and as a leading creator of commercial jingles.

In 2015, they were given an award for their contribution to Jamaican music by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). Fab 5 took their brand of Jamaican music around the world, working with artists including: Ray Charles; Dizzy Gillespie; the Grateful Dead; Rick James; Linda Ronstadt; the Neville Brothers; Roberta Flack; Fats Domino; Peter, Paul & Mary; Joe Jackson; The Chi‑Lites; Skeeter Davis (with whom they were working on a recording project at the time of her death); the Drifters; Miriam Makeba; Bob Marley; Jimmy Cliff; Chuck Jackson; The Mighty Sparrow; Aretha Franklin; Gladys Knight; Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes; Jerry Butler; The Manhattans; Ray Goodman & Brown; The Delphonics, Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Queen Ifrica, Mr Vegas, and Tarrus Riley.

Fab 5 have been actively involved in keeping Jamaican music alive, with major representation on the boards of JARIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association), the Recording Industry Association of Jamaica (RIAJAM), and the Jamaican Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA). The band works with many charitable organizations.

The band consists of manager Frankie Campbell (bass); Harold (Jr) Bailey (guitar, flute, saxophone, and now part-time sound engineer); musical director Grub Cooper (drums and lead vocals); Sidney Thorpe (keyboards); Donovan Lee Palmer (keyboards); Romeo Gray (trombone); Andre Palmer (trumpet); Andrew Cassanova (vocals); and Cleveland Manderson (guitar and vocals) who has been working with the Unique Vision for more than 27 years. Other people perform from time to time as part of the wider Stage Records family.

They were voted the top band for three consecutive years by Swing magazine, have won over 30 major awards in Jamaica in addition to international awards, and performed at numerous international music festivals.


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