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Bitty McLean
Bitty McLean
(born 8 August 1972,[1] Birmingham, England) is a British/Jamaican reggae, lovers rock and ragga musician. He is best known for his three UK Top 10 hits in 1993 and 1994, including his debut offering "It Keeps Rainin' (Tears from My Eyes)".

Contents

1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Discography

3.1 Singles 3.2 Albums

4 See also 5 References

Career[edit] The youngest of six children to Easton and Leonie (nee Reynolds), Delroy McLean was nicknamed "Bitty" due to his small stature.[2] As a teenager he performed with local sound systems, and after studying sound engineering at college, he was employed by UB40
UB40
as an engineer and producer, and occasionally also sang with the band.[1] He was most popular around the mid 1990s with cover versions of songs including The Shirelles' "Dedicated to the One I Love" (UK No. 6[3]) and Fats Domino's "It Keeps Rainin' (Tears from My Eyes)" (1993), which was his biggest UK hit, peaking at No. 2.[3] McLean's song "It Keeps Rainin' (Tears from My Eyes)" topped the charts in New Zealand and the Netherlands in 1993. McLean also played on three UK arena tours supporting UB40, Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet
and Simply Red
Simply Red
respectively.[2] In 2004, he released the album On Bond Street KGN. JA., which featured his vocals recorded over vintage Tommy McCook and Duke Reid-produced, Treasure Isle rhythms from the rocksteady era, most with new lyrics of his own, but also using David Ruffin's "Walk Away From Love" and David Gates' "Make It With You".[1] He recorded a studio album in 2007, entitled Movin' On, with Sly and Robbie
Sly and Robbie
at their One Pop studios in Kingston, Jamaica. Movin' On was released on Taxi / Silent River / Mideya label in Europe and the US, while JVC released it in Japan. McLean and Sly & Robbie toured Japan, Europe and Morocco in 2008 and 2009. In 2013 McLean released a new album, The Taxi Sessions, with Sly & Robbie, and a live DVD recorded with Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang, during their concert in Paris in May 2009. Also in 2013, McLean joined The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra on vocals, for a cover of Desmond Dekker's Fu Man Chu (a single release for the band). He also joined them on stage for several shows, appeared in the official video that accompanied the single and, in May 2013, joined them on Later... with Jools Holland
Later... with Jools Holland
to perform the track. Personal life[edit] He is uncle to footballer Aaron McLean
Aaron McLean
and singer Anthony, under the artist name of "McLean".[4] Discography[edit]

Bitty MacLean at Ruhr Reggae
Reggae
Summer 2014

Singles[edit]

"It Keeps Rainin' (Tears from My Eyes)" (1993) – UK No. 2,[5] AUS No. 83[6] "Pass It On" (1993) – UK No. 35[5] "Here I Stand" (1994) – UK No. 10[5] "Dedicated to the One I Love" (1994) – UK No. 6[5] "What Goes Around" (1994) – UK No. 36[5] "Over the River" (1995) – UK No. 27[5] "We've Only Just Begun" (1995) – UK No. 23[5] "Nothing Can Change This Love" (1995) – UK No. 55[5] "Natural High" (1996) – UK No. 63[5] "She's Alright" (1996) – UK No. 53[5] "The Real Thing" (2005) "Let them Talk" (2006) "Got to let go" (2008) "Walk away from love"

[3] Albums[edit]

Just to Let You Know...
Just to Let You Know...
(1994) – UK No. 19[5] Natural High (1995) – UK No. 81[5] Soul to Soul (2003) On Bond Street KGN. JA. (2005) Made in Jamaica (2007) Movin On (2009) The Taxi Sessions (2013)

[7] See also[edit]

List of performers on Top of the Pops List of lovers rock artists

References[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bitty McLean.

^ a b c Leggett, Steve. " Bitty McLean
Bitty McLean
Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 February 2009.  ^ a b France.unitedreggae.com Archived 26 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 340. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.  ^ "Posh star Mclean's brother hopes to score a hit". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. 26 February 2010.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Official Charts >Bitty McLean". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 14 May 2017.  ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 23 Jan 1994". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 14 May 2017.  ^ Allmusic.com – Discography

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