Beres Hammond
Beres Hammond

Beres Hammond

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.

  • HOMETOWN
    Annotto Bay, St. Mary, Jamaica
  • BORN
    August 28, 1955

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