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Leon Leiffer Story
Leon Leiffer fonder member of The Blackstones
Leon is the founding member of The Blackstones, he was born in St. Ann, Jamaica. As a young boy, Leon was inspired by reggae legends such as Slim Smith & The Uniques, The Melodians, The Paragons, Ken Boothe, Bob Marley, Peter Touch, Bunny Wailer aka The Wailers, Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions among others.Four years after arriving in England, Leon and his school formed their first group –The Mighty Soul Rebels. They were taken into the studio by Fat man, the founder of London's top sound system, " Fat Man Hi-fi". They became local celebraties.

After a four year run, The Mighty Soul Rebels split, which led Leon to have a break from the music industry. Then in 1975, Leon Leiffer met reggae superstar Roy Shirley backstage at his show.

Due to encouragement from Roy Shirley, Leon decided to form another group with Neville Henry & Ben Corkery, as a result The Blackstones were born. After 2 years Ben corkery left the group and was replaced by Byron Otis.

On tour, they supported Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions , Rufus Thomas, Dennis Brown, Owen Grey, The Heptones and many more. After seven years, Neville Henry left the group and was replaced by Ken Kendricks and Tony Douglas. They went on to work with Lloyd Charmers who produced one of the group's best album " Colours of Love" released on Body Music records. Leon and The Blackstones along side the Chosen Few, were the main vocalists for the musical Black Heroes in The Hall of fame at the Hackney Empire.

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