Thursday, September 08, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Big Mountain

Artist:Big Mountain
Song:Baby, I Love Your Way
Album:The Best Of Big Mountain

The reggae band Big Mountain scored their only big hit with their 1994 cover of Peter Frampton's Baby, I Love Your Way from the soundtrack of the popular film Reality Bites. Like UB40, Big Mountain are not Jamaican. They are from San Diego. They started out as Rainbow Warriors in 1986 and then recorded a couple of albums as Shiloh. The lead singer and the only original member of Big Mountain that is still with the band is Joaquin "Quino" McWhinney. He comes from a family of mariachi musicians. He got into reggae after watching a Bob Marley documentary. The band name was changed to Big Mountain in 1991. They signed with Giant Records for the 1994 album Unity. Michael Hyde was the new keyboard player and arranger. Jamaican guitarist Tony Chin and drummer Carlton "Santa" Davis were members during this period. Both were members of Peter Tosh's Soul Syndicate. Big Mountain was approached by producer Ron Fair to record Baby, I Love Your Way for Reality Bites. That film spawned several hits. Baby, I Love Your Way reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. This would turn out to be Big Mountain's only big hit. They recorded three albums for Giant. This budget comp covers those years. The soundtrack for Reality Bites is also available on CD. Big Mountain recorded for the Japanese label Pony Canyon. They went on hiatus in 2005 and McWhinney became a high school teacher. McWhinney and Hyde reformed Big Mountain in 2013 and they released a new CD May 2016. So they are still around but they are remembered for one big hit. Here's the video for Baby, I Love Your Way by Big Mountain.

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