Eddy was born in Guyana and from the age of two he showed a love for music. His father was a fantastic musician and used to take him along to his rehearsals, but Dad wanted his son to be a doctor.
At 12 Eddy moved to England to join his parents in London, he’s started playing trumpet in the school orchestra, but rock ’n’ roll had started, so the young Eddy decided to put the trumpet aside for the guitar. He went to see Chuck Berry in concert – “I’d never seen anything like that and I decided I wanted to be like that guy”.
At 17 and still at school, he formed The Equals who had two hit albums and in 1968 reached No 1 with Baby Come Back. In 1979 his single Living On The Frontline made the Top 20 then other hits followed including I Don’t Wanna Dance and Electric Avenue.
In 1988 he released the anti-apartheid single Gimme Hope Jo’anna. Nelson Mandela was still in prison and the song was banned by the South African government. Eddy is immensely proud of the fact that, 30 years later, it is his most popular song worldwide and in 2008 Eddy was invited to perform at Nelson’s 90th birthday party concert – a career highlight for Eddy. Last year, in gratitude to the village where he was born, he released the beautiful album Plaisance. Only recently the country of Guyana issued four Eddy Grant postal stamps, which has never before been done in the history of that country.
“I live in Barbados now. I moved back to the Caribbean in 1982 – I can’t handle the cold! I also wanted to give my children an opportunity to see the kind of life I led growing up. Now I’ve started as a DJ here on United DJs, retiring from music is not an option for me. Today, like every day of my life, my guitar is never more than three feet away from me and music is never out of my ears.”