VP Records Honors Bob Andy’s 79th Birthday With Release Of Tarrus Riley’s Live Performance Of “Desperate Lover”
“You can maybe find yourself in a Bob Andy song, or you know somebody whose been the subject of the song. So maybe I can relate to the ‘Desperate Lover’ … ‘how do you feel when your baby is gone?’ Ahh, is a feeling! But that’s why music is here. Music is what feeling sound like, and Bob Andy really captured the feeling in his songs.” – Tarrus Riley. February 2023 Tarrus Riley’s live performance of Bob Andy’s “Desperate Lover” is excerpted from We Remember Bob Andy – Live, presented in association with the Jamaica Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport, a Reggae Month 2023 culminating concert to celebrate the work of the late Jamaican singer/songwriter and the Dean Fraser-produced album, We Remember Bob Andy. Songs from the Bob Andy catalog have been covered or adapted hundreds of times over the decades and form a key part of the greater Jamaican cannon of original songwriting and recordings. Whether through popular interpretations like Barrington Levy’s version of “Too Experienced” or through the rhythmic framework of tracks like “Desperate Lover,” Bob Andy’s melodies, lyrics, and rhythms are woven through the entire fabric of Jamaican popular music across more than five decades.