Music is My Life: PODCAST EPISODE 041

Eddy Grant on Arriving at ‘Electric Avenue’ by Heart Problems, Lost Luggage, and More

Eddy Grant’s musical life has lasted the better part of 50 years. First finding success as a teenager in the 1960s with the Equals, he quit the band after a car accident and a heart attack at the age of 23. Then he built his own studio, transitioning from a touring life to the production side of the music business. But after some vocal lessons he began a solo career, which led to even greater success with songs like “Electric Avenue,” and “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” the latter of which he is convinced would have been a bigger hit in the US if only “Electric Avenue” wasn’t such a hit. As proof he points to the following video from Glastonbury in 2008. His music career continues to this day, as he has championed and pioneered genres like soca and ringbang.