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Herbie Miller, Sunday Gleaner (November 2011)::
‘...Bob Andy's genius is genuine. It is not some egotistic self-applied moniker, nor is it any shallow claim by an overzealous media person, or a publicist's ploy seeking notice or grabbing a label that is beyond the capacity and capability of this songwriter. Let me only remind you that Bob Andy is the real deal, that he does not need my authentication, only my recommendation that you trust yourselves and go back and analyse his work.’
To read Herbie's complete article, please click here.

Colin Channer, speaking to the Jamaica Gleaner (2008):
‘Bob Andy has the eyes and ears of a poet, but what distinguishes him from many other songwriters, what elevates him to the heights of greatness is his sense of subject, his sense of what is worth noticing, what is worth exploring and therefore preserved for all time. He is a deeply intellectual man, but he conveys his deep intellectualism in a very accessible way, through the form of popular song. So we can skank to his lyrics and dub to his lyrics, drop legs to his lyrics as much as we sit and just listen to them. And for this reason, he is perhaps the songwriter that is most admired by musicians and other songwriters in Jamaica.’

Angus Taylor, United Reggae (November 2010):
‘Ask a random person for the greatest song-smith in reggae and they'll likely say Bob Marley. But try someone immersed in the music and they'll doubtless tell you it is Bob Andy.’

Website Trojan Records (March 2010):
‘In the late sixties, the songs of Bob Andy raised social consciousness in Jamaican music to a new level, profoundly influencing its future development.
...In October 2006, he was accorded Jamaica's 'Order of Distinction' for his outstanding contribution to the development of Reggae music. Few have been more deserving of such an honour.’

John Masouri, Echoes (2007):
‘Great artists comment on the times we live in and the human condition, and Bob Andy does exactly that on this thought-provoking new track for Altafaan … It goes without saying that Bob Andy is one of Jamaica’s best-ever songwriters, but how many of his contemporaries can still come up with material like this, let alone sing it so movingly? The man’s gifts are of international stature, and it’s a tragedy he’s not better known, with his songs being covered by the world’s finest vocalists.’

Dennis Howard - Jamaica Observer (2001):
`Bob Andy is one of our great political songwriters … (he is) more than a musician or good singer; a philosopher who has a clear understanding of world issues and how this impinged on our small society with its heritage of slavery and colonialism.'

Harry Hawke - liner notes for The Best of Bob & Marcia (2002):
`Bob Andy is without any argument one of the finest singers and songwriters of his generation. His lifetime's worth of compositions have ingrained themselves on the Jamaican national consciousness and have become a part of reggae's musical vocabulary and, both lyrically and rhythmically, his influence has been profound.'

Thanks to Michael de Koningh for sending us this slice of musical history, excerpted from an interview with Bob:
New Musical Express, 16th October 1971:
' … it became clear that, in the male half of the Bob and Marcia partnership, I had stumbled upon my first genuine West Indian protest singer/composer.'
Rob Randall

Daily Telegraph, (London - 2003):
The Telegraph Arts section critics compiled their list of the Top 50 duets of all time:
  • 12 Bob and Marcia - Young Gifted and Black, 1970
"This rousing anthem, the most widely recorded song in her repertoire, was composed by Nina Simone … Jamaican singers Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths made theirs the most uplifting version of all …
There's a tremulous quality to Andy's delivery that makes it sound as if he's about to break down and weep at the magnitude of it all."

Guinness Who's Who of Reggae (1995):
`Andy's late 60s work with Coxsone Dodd has become almost common property in reggae, and his rhythms and lyrics are still recycled time after time ... Best known for his intelligent, thoughtful lyrics set within memorable song structures ... He has ... produced more time-honoured tracks than many more prolific artists, and songs such as "You Don't Know", "Feel the Feeling", "The Ghetto Stays in the Mind", and "Sun Shines For Me" are rightly regarded as classics, and serve only to enhance his reputation as one of the most important figures in Jamaican music.'

The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (1990):

Bob Andy
`Jamaican singer-songwriter whose exquisitely crafted Songbook album for Studio One, compiling sides made for that label in the mid-60s, is considered to be among the finest works in the island's brief history of recording.'

Laurence Cane-Honeysett, liner notes for Fire Burning (1995):

`Since making his recording debut as a solo performer almost thirty years ago, Bob Andy's influence on Jamaican music has been so profound that he has assumed an almost legendary status. Over the years he has written and performed some of the true masterpieces of Jamaican music and through his intelligent and highly articulate lyrics he has provided the inspiration for a whole new generation of songwriters.'

David Rodigan, UK's foremost reggae DJ/Journalist:

`When they were handing out voices he was in the front row ... The great Bob Andy: I get a blast every time I play this man's music.'

Roger Steffens, US's foremost reggae lecturer/historian (1985):

`One of the greatest honours of my life was being able to introduce Bob Andy at Sunsplash. A brilliant singer ... one of the prime movers in the world of reggae music.'

Black Beat International Souvenir Edition (1983):

`One of reggae's greatest all-rounders ... Write on, Bob Andy, write on.'

Ray Hurford, Small Axe (1987):

`As soon as you think about great singers and song-writers you quickly come to Bob Andy ... one of the world's greatest talents.'

John Masouri, Echoes (1996):

`It's a common fallacy that (Bob's) only work of real significance was made at Studio One ... Not so. ... On "Rasta Come of Age" (he says) more in four minutes than many so-called roots artists manage over two albums.... there's no mistaking the fact his songs merit wider exposure, even if it means Tina Turner or whoever might end up singing them.'

Ian McCann, Echoes (1986):

`If everything in life was right, then Bob Andy would be a real star by now ... No amount of words from me can right the fact that Bob Andy remains to this day a great unrecognised talent, an original natural soul singer in a business riddled with half-talents and copyists... Let time be the winner. Bob's coming to collect his bread.'

Yvonne Sinclair and Paul McLeod, CUT, Scotland (1988):

`If reggae has a patriarch, Bob Andy is it.'