Horace Faith - Black Pearl


Horace Faith - Black Pearl

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Horace Faith (born Horace Smith, Jamaica) was a Jamaican reggae singer. He is best known for his cover of the Checkmates Ltd song, "Black Pearl", which reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart in 1970.

Released by Trojan Records (TR 7790), "Black Pearl" spent ten weeks in the UK Singles Chart in the latter half of 1970, peaking at number 13 in October that year. Coincidentally, the original version of the song by Checkmates Ltd, peaked at number 13 in the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1969. The track was written by Irwine Levine, Phil Spector and Toni Wine. The b-side of Faith's single was "Help Me Help Myself", which was written by Johnny Arthey and Phil Swern. The single was released in the United States by Bell Records.

"Black Pearl" subsequently appeared on numerous compilation albums. Faith's later recordings included the self penned, "I Can't Understand It", arranged by Richard Anthony Hewson and produced by Phillip Swern.

 

Discography

Year Title Record label UK Singles Chart
1969 "Spinning Wheel" B&C  
1970 "Black pearl" Trojan 13
1970 "Susie is Tomorrow" Trojan  
1972 "Shame and Scandal in the Family" A&M  
1976 "I Can't Understand It" DJM  
1978 "Rich Man Poor Man" Ultra  

 

 

 

Horace Faith - Black Pearl / Help Me Help Myself

UK Trojan TR 7790 (1970).

Record produced by Phillip Swern and Johnny Arthey.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

The record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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