When Steel Talks (WST) extends Happy Birthday greetings to award winning vocalist, composer, steelpan enthusiast and performing artist Jimmy Chambers of Londonbeat


Famed Londonbeat Singer Jimmy Chambers

January 29th

Happy Birthday to Jimmy Chambers

Born in the Caribbean twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago (T&T), Jimmy Chambers traveled to England with great expectations of being a successful singer and has since realised that ambition.

Having graduated college, Jimmy met up with up-and-coming vocalists of the day including Robert Palmer with whom he co-fronted the band DaDa. Jimmy recorded solo after the demise of DaDa and had success in the dance charts in the 80s before recording an album with Paul Young and doing a world tour with him. He also performed at Wembley Stadium with Paul at LIVE AID in 1985.

In 1987 Jimmy teamed up with pals Jimmy Helms, George Chandler and Willy M and co-founded Londonbeat. Jimmy wrote the song “I’ve Been Thinking About You” which Londonbeat recorded. The song became a massive hit getting to #1 in 27 countries! Londonbeat still gigs regularly all over the world.

I've Been Thinking About You - Londonbeat LIVE

Jimmy has also recorded with other major artists such as Tina Turner (Break Every Rule) and Fine Young Cannibals (The Raw and the Cooked). In 2005 Jimmy wrote and collaborated with the group Laventille Rhythm Section of Trinidad and Tobago with the songs “Warriors” and “North Stand.”

In 2012 Jimmy wrote songs for Panorama – including Underdog, also for J’Ouvert; he wrote about the present situation in T&T and also for the Carnival celebrations. For 2013 he came with two songs for the Carnival season, – ’Rados! – a tribute to the legendary steel orchestra Desperadoes, and Trini Girls, in which he pays homage to the beauties of his Caribbean homeland. In 2014, the original version of ‘Blows’ was unveiled, along with Pan In Rio, while Pan Majesty was in the spotlight for 2015.

For the 2017 season he has re-worked the previous release, Blows - Redux, and the track is featured here.

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