Boris Gardiner

Boris Gardiner ( born January 13, 1949 in Kingston) is a Jamaican singer, songwriter and bassist. In 1986 he managed a pan-European chart success with I Want to Wake Up with You.


At the beginning of his musical career playing Boris Gardiner Carl Malcolm in the band at the Dragonaires, the Aggrovators and the Crystalites. He also worked the late 1960s for the Reggae producer Byron Lee. The end of 1969 gave the Jamaicans his solo debut with the instrumental single Elizabethan Reggae, a reggae version of Ronald Binge Elisabeth Serenade, which was first published under a false name. As a performer Byron Lee was mistakenly given. A week later there appeared a modified pressure, this time written wrong, because instead of the surname Gardiner were printed Gardner. In the sixth week of chart entry in the UK, all errors were eliminated and the interpreter came in his honor. The song climbed to number 14 in 1970 the British charts.

Although he continued to be successful in his homeland, Gardiner had no hits for over a decade more in the UK. In the 1970s, he was a session and studio bassist in the Black Ark Studio of Lee Perry. In 1986 he took on the pop single I Want to Wake Up with You, the complete surprise number one in England was established in August of the same year and two months was in the top 10. There were also in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for the song high chart positions. The consequence Single You're Everything to Me reached number 11 in late 1986 in the UK. Friends and Lovers, which he recorded together with Gwen Guthrie, was another, albeit minor hit in 1987.

Later Gardiner signed a contract with RCA Records. By the end of the 1990s were always songs, but reached no more chart ranks. The last single to date is Melting Pot, which hit stores in 1998. In the 2000s still published several albums, including several best-of compilations.