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Freddie McGregor delivers Behind the Screen classic

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM
The Big Ship band, led by Dean Frazer, warm things up at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records before welcoming Freddie McGregor for a classy performance on Tuesday.
Freddie McGregor belts out notes in front of a Behind the Screen audience at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records on Tuesday.- Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer

Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer

Behind the Screen at Tracks & Records on Tuesday treated young patrons to some classic Jamaican music, courtesy of the Captain, Freddie McGregor.

The event began with the Big Ship band and Dean Frazer playing some old-school instrumentals.

Patrons quickly assembled in areas where they could best see the veteran in action.

The big man entered the stage singing I See It In You, and instantly had volcanic reactions from an eager audience.

The singer then moved on to If You Wanna Go, and after receiving a roar of approval from his fans, he paused to greet them.

"Greetings, massive, it's a pleasure to be here to support live music in Jamaica. This hasn't happened in Kingston for a long while so it's a blessing to be a part of it," he said.

Freddie McGregor then sang Africa Here I Come to continue his set.

What was noticeable about the veteran's performance is the fact that he delivered his songs as if he were a disc jockey, juggling tracks.

He did not bother to stop and talk between each single and it worked, keeping the audience interacting with the music, non-stop while maintaining constant energy.

He sang To Be Poor Is a Crime and went straight into Freedom Is A Must.


For the latter, he received an encore from an audience which went crazy as soon as the introductory instrumentals began.

Songs like Push Come to Shove, Stop Loving You and Big Ship received whistles and cheers from all sides of the venue.

"Nuff respect to all the ladies in the house, it's time to pay respect to the ladies in the house. Dah one yah a fi di sista dem straight," he belted, before going on to serenade women with singles such as I Really Miss You and So I Will Wait For You.

The seemingly energetic Freddie McGregor worked the stage from all angles until his blue shirt was wet and clinging to his body.

He also paid tribute to Dennis Brown by singing Love and Hate.

"Yu dun know mi have to pay respect to Dennis Brown. If he was alive he would be performing here tonight," he said, and proceeded to sing Revolution.

The patrons loved the display and rewarded Freddie's effort with an encore.

The event was well attended by familiar faces like the legendary Bounty Killer, Tifa, Laden, Bramma, Big Ship OC, Ghetto Bomb, Stephen McGregor and Chino, who was spotted clinging to Yendi Phillipps, while rocking to the vocals of his father.

Freddie also gave patrons a surprise by singing Chino's single From Morning.