At the age of ten, Vivian Jones left Trelawney, Jamaica, in 1967 to settle in England. In 1977 he joined the band the Spartans and began to write his own material. A couple of bands later, Vivian went solo and achieved a number 1 in the reggae charts in 1980 with "Good Morning" In 1981, "Black Echoes" magazine voted him the most talented singer/songwriter in the UK. 1988 saw another number 1 in the reggae charts, "Sugar Love", which stayed there for four weeks.
"Extra Classic Super Fantastic Love" reached number 3 in August 1989 and stayed in the charts till January 1990, when "The Hurt" was released.