B.B. Seaton
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B.B. Seaton

B.B. Seaton
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Background information
Harris Lloyd Seaton
Born (1944-09-03) 3 September 1944 (age 74)
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Ska, rocksteady, reggae
Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments vocals
Labels Metronome Music / Soul Beat Records
Winston & Bibby
The Gaylads
The Astronauts
Conscious Minds
The Messengers

Harris Lloyd "B.B." Seaton (born 3 September 1944), also known as "Bibby", is a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, and record producer who was a member of The Gaylads, The Astronauts, Conscious Minds, and The Messengers (along with Ken Boothe, Lloyd Charmers and Busty Brown), and who has had a long solo career dating back to 1960.


Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Seaton first recorded as a solo artist in 1960 before forming the duo Winston & Bibby with Winston Delano Stewart.[1][2][3] The duo were joined by Maurice Roberts and became The Gaylads, although Seaton soon left to join The Astronauts.[1] Seaton rejoined The Gaylads towards the end of the ska era, and they became hugely successful in Jamaica, and their success continued when they were reduced to a duo after Stewart departed. Seaton left in 1972 and restarted his solo career, having several solo hits the same year with "Accept My Apology", "Sweet Caroline", "Lean on Me", and "Thin Line Between Love and Hate".[1]

Seaton's work as a songwriter included songs for Boothe ("The Girl I Left Behind" and "Freedom Street"), The Melodians ("Swing and Dine"), and Delroy Wilson ("Give Love a Try").[4]

Seaton was the first reggae artist to be signed by Virgin Records, leading to the creation of the Front Line label.[2] He became based in the United Kingdom in the mid-1970s where he became active as a producer, his productions including the Gun Court Dub series of dub albums.[2]

Seaton continued to perform into the 2010s as a member of The Gaylads.[4]



  • The Great Ken Boothe Meets BB Seaton & The Gaylads (1971), Jaguar - Ken Boothe, B.B. Seaton, and The Gaylads
  • Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1973), Trojan
  • Dancing Shoes (1974), Virgin
  • Colour is not the Answer (1976), Jama
  • I'm Aware of Love (1979), Roots Music International
  • B.B. Seaton Sings the Golden Hits of the Gaylads (1981), Ayana
  • Everyday People (1985), Revue/Creole
  • Wish Me Luck (1989), Challenge Records UK
  • Just One Moment (1993), Soul Beat
  • In Control (1995), Soul Beat
  • Experienced Lover (1996), Soul Beat
  • Unbeaten (2002)
  • Reggae Land (2006)
  • Ready For The World (2009)
  • I Love Reggae (2013)
  • Reggae Country Classics Volume One (Pioneer International)


  • Greatest Hits (1996), Rhino
  • Rootically Yours (2000), Soul Beat
  • Seal of Approval (2003), Soul Beat - B.B. Seaton & The Gaylads
  • After All This Time: The Anthology 1972-1989 (2007), Soul Beat


  • Gun Court Dub (1975), Love
  • Revolutionary Dub (1976), Trenchtown
  • Gun Court Dub vol. 2 (?), Soul Beat[year missing]
  • Gun Court Dub vol. 3 (?), Soul Beat[year missing]
  • Gun Court Dub vol. 4 (2001), Soul Beat


  1. ^ a b c Greene, Jo-Ann "Greatest Hits Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  2. ^ a b c Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 264.
  3. ^ Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, p. 340.
  4. ^ a b Campbell, Howard (2016) "Write on! - The legacy of BB Seaton", Jamaica Observer, 26 November 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016

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