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The Blackstones performing live
The Blackstones was formed by Leon Leiffer in 1974. Soon after releasing their debut single with Count Shelly (one of the pioneers of sound system) a cover version of the Melodians " Little nut tree" which was shortly followed by " You gonna loose me" produced by Fatman, founder of Fatman Hi-fi. The group then went on to work with Daddy Kool and together released a track entitled " We nah go suffer" which topped the New Musical Express reggae charts in 74. Later it led to sessions with major producers like Phill Pratt, Lloyd Charmers, Lindel Lewis, Winston Curtis, Jah Larry, Tony Owens, Fatman and the legendary Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd.The Blackstones were the last act to work at studio one with Mr. Dodd, who sadly passed away in May,2004.

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. As a result of their success in the musical and great reviews from the international press the Black Heroes in The Hall of fame musical went on tour in the Carribean and USA. On their return to England, Tony, Ken and Neville went solo and were replaced by Tony Mahony and Junior Bailey.

Tony Mahoney, Junior Bailey and Leon Leiffer are three talented individuals who together create the beautiful sounds of The Blackstones. The Blackstones are regarded by many in the industry for bringing forward the traditional vocal style and sound that we have come to know from the likes of The Gaylads, Techniques, The Uniques, Wailers, The Melodians, The Paragons, The Pioneers, The Heptones, The Royals, The Clarendoians, The Chosen Few, The Abyssinians and many more. Who had helped to build the roots of Jamaican vocal style. These influence can be be heard in The Blackstones harmonies, powerful vocals, soulful melodies that will rock your soul.

In October 2004, The Blackstones were presented with an achievement award on behalf of the community for their contribution to the British black Music & Arts Industry as part of the British Black History Day. Tony Mahoney, Junior Bailey and Leon Leiffer are three talented individuals who together create the beautiful sounds of The Blackstones.

Leon Leiffer
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 Sherley, 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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Junior Bailey Earl Bailey a.k.a Junior
Junior Bailey Earl Bailey a.k.a Junior joined The Blackstones in 2002
Junior was born in St Andrew, Jamaica. At the age of 15 he came to England to join his mother, within a year of arriving he set up a sound system known as " Sir Lord Junior ", continuing in this field for approximately 10 years. Due to family commitments he discontinued the sound system, but as a lover of music he immediately moved sideways to becoming a DJ with another sound system known as " Sir Jesus". Junior later joined Zabandis, a six piece band which he was the lead vocalist.

Throughout their career, they toured and supported artists such as the legendary John Holt, Dillinger, Delroy Washington, Sidney Roger and Louisa Marks. Zabandis performed all over the UK in venues such as the Hammersmith Palais.

Junior later joined the S.U.S band. During his time with the S.U.S band, they had worked with Judy Boucher and also performing at the Royal festival Hall charity event show for the miners. Their success brought them numerous support slots on tours, including providing the backing for reggae artist Lee "Scratch "Perry. Junior joined the Blackstones in 2002, in time for the Black Heroes reunion at the Palace Pavilion.

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Tony Mahoney
Tony Mahoney joined The Blackstones in 1995
Tony was born in St Thomas , Jamaica in a little district called Ramble. From a young age Tony loved singing and also along with his four brothers were the natural entertainers in the district. The boys later joined their parents and new brother in England and very soon after leaving school all the boys followed the music scene , starting with sound system . Tony started to make a name for himself as a promising singer by entering talent contests all over London.

In the mid 70's Tony's older brother Desmond's invited him to join his band Blackslate in which he was the drummer . Tony then became their first lead singer for a short time and gained valuable experience in opening shows for artists like Pat Kelly , Dennis Alcapone , Errol Dunkley , Owen Grey and many more.

Tony however left and resumed his solo career, recording for various local producers with only minor success. Tony went on to form the Chanters with brother Cecil and friends and released they some songs on the Burning Sounds label. After the Chanters broke up , Tony and Cecil and friends formed another band called The Mission Band , they played all over the UK .When the band broke up in the late 80's , Tony went back to doing solo performing and recordings of which one song ' Aint No Love ' did quite well. It was about 1995 that Leon Lieffer, the founder member of the Blackstones vocal group asked Tony to join the group.

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