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Tippa Irie of Thornton Heat – Global Reggae star!

Tippa Irie b1965, lived in Thornton Heath – I think he still does. I found an old 45 vinyl disc of his in the MayDay Hospital foyer bric-a-brac shop the other day. 5P – a bargain. Its a nice photo sleeve with cool blue typography. The A side is ‘Heartbeat’ a sweet pop record which was issued as fifth of Greensleeves Records ‘Bubblers’ series in 1986 and charted at 59.


But the discovery was on the B side which was a dramatic change to heavy dub with ‘Live As One’. This blew me away with its strong dub mix and lyrics calling for solidarity which makes as much sense today as in the Eighties. The question that comes to my mind is about whose idea was it to make this subversive record with its candy pop A side which carried the ‘real message’ on its flip side? Is this Tippa or one of the producers (Cracknell and Donegan)? The composer of both songs is Tippa a.k.a. A Henry .

latest news on his page on Facebook – touring India


Ian Parker of The Hollies lives here

I saw this record in the ‘The Studio’ mini cafe at Thornton Heath station. The cafe owner told me that Ian Parker lives in Thornton Heath and is a Studio customer when he is in town. Apparently he is a regular down to earth guy.

The Hollies at The Studio cafe

I was also pleased to hear that this cute cafe is not going to be destroyed by the Station redevelopment that is removing our beloved station newstand. Shutting at the end of the week – we wish the two guys well for their retirement after years serving the community!

Other news about the station is that the newly installed lifts are now working. Disabled people in the Heath can now travel by train  for the first time. Its also great news for pushchair users, people with heavy bikes etc. Hurray.

Don’t forget to get a quick tea or roll at The Studio. (and tell him about the blog!) You might even get a celebrity autograph.