Musical Youth

From: Joris van Drunen Littel <>
Subject: Re: Whatever Happened to Musical Youth?
Date: 23 Aug 1995 18:45:18 GMT

Wilson Lee wrote: >Anyone know if any of these kids went onto further success?

Hi Wilson, here's some info I found in a Q-article dated August 1994:

After the band split Dennis Seaton went solo. A solo deal was set up with Island. Stevie "Master Blaster" Wonder, a friend form Musical Youth days, even wrote a single and appeared in the video, a real coup, but the track was never released. He moved to London and kept songwriting. Seaton's new band, an R&B & reggae outfit, is named XMY (Ex-Musical Youth?). Kelvin Grant is playing reggae and flitting between Birmingham & JA, while Michael handles production work for Motown while fronting his own band, 5AM. Patrick turned to joyriding and 19, he served 12 months for theft and driving offences; at 22 he was sentenced to four years for assaulting and robbing a 37-year-old woman. In March 1993 he died (heart attack). Junior had a mini-breakdown...

Joris -

From: Rasrojah <>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 20:46:47 EDT
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Subject: Re: Musical Youth

The denouement to the Musical Youth story is an extremely sad one:
While cutting an album at Eddie Grant's eastern Caribbean studio, the two
brothers in the group, sons of an ex-Technique, developed severe mental
problems, and the group broke up. I remember years ago, Jackie Mittoo telling
me he had performed as a member of and ersatz Musical Youth in Nigeria in
short pants, hoping people would think he was one of the kids.
Ras RoJah


The following is literally taken from "The Guiness Who's Who of Reggae",
1994 edition.

Musical Youth was formed at Duddeston Manor School, Birmingham, England.
The group featured featured two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael
Grant and Junior and Patrick Waite (d. February 18 1993). The latter
pair's father Fred Waite was a former member of the Techniques, and sang
lead with Junior at the start of the group's career in the late 70's.
Although schoolboys they managed to secure gigs at certain Birmingham
pubs and released a single "Political"/"Generals" on local label 021
Records. An appearance on BBC DJ John Peel's evening show brought
further attention to the group and they were signed to MCA Records.
By that time founding father Fred Waite had baked down to be replaced by
Dennis Seaton as lead singer. During the winter of 1982, the group
issued one of the fastest selling singles of the year in "Pass the
Dutchie". Based on the Mighty Diamonds' "Pass the Kouchie" (a song about
marijuana), the title had been subtly altered to feature the patois
'Dutchie'(literally a 'cooking pot'). The infectious enthusiasm of the
the group's performance captured the public's imagination and propelled
the record to number 1 in the UK charts. A US Top 10 hit also followed.
The catchy follow-up "Youth of Today" also reached the UK Top 20 and
early in 1983 "Never gonna give you up" climbed to number 6. Minor
successes with "Heartbreaker" and "Tell me why" were succeeded by a
surprise collaboration with Donna Summer on the Uk Top 20 hit
"Unconditional Love". A revival of Desmond Dekker's 007 saw them back in
the Top 30, but after one final hit with "Sixteen", they fell from
commercial grace and subsequently split up in 1985 when Seaton left the
band. Plans to reform the band were scotched when Patrick Waite, who had
gone on to a career of juvenile crime, died of natural causes while
awaiting a court appearance on drug charges.
The Grant brothers remain involved in music, while Seaton has released a
solo set and formed his own band: XMY {:-))}.

Posted: Fri - February 7, 2003 at 06:23 PM