About Beres Hammond
Reggae singer Beres Hammond grew up listening to his father’s Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Marvin Gaye records, while also immersing himself in Jamaican ska and rocksteady.
∙ In 1975, Hammond joined the band Zap Pow and sang lead on their Jamaican hit “System.”
∙ While a member of Zap Pow, he also pursued a solo career, scoring his first big hit with 1976’s “One Step Ahead.”
∙ Hammond used his self-titled 1986 album to pivot from roots reggae to dancehall, and he had a pair of No. 1 Jamaican hits with “Groovy Little Thing” and “What One Dance Can Do.”
∙ “Tempted to Touch” was the best-selling Jamaican single of 1990, even though Hammond wrote its lyrics on deadline in only a half-hour.
∙ In 2013, Hammond was awarded the Order of Jamaica, the country’s equivalent of a knighthood.
HOMETOWNAnnotto Bay, St. Mary, Jamaica
BORNAugust 28, 1955