Barry Biggs (born 1947, although some accounts list 1953; St. Andrew, Jamaica) is a reggae singer, best known in the UK for his cover of the Blue Magic song, "Sideshow", which got to #3 in the UK Singles Chart in 1977 Biggs worked as an recording engineer and cameraman with the Jamaican Broadcasting Company, and also spent time as a member of the band the Astronauts, before becoming the lead singer for Byron Lee's Dragonaires.
Biggs worked as an recording engineer and cameraman with the Jamaican Broadcasting Company, and also spent time as a member of the band the Astronauts, before becoming the lead singer for Byron Lee's Dragonaires.
It was at Lee's Dynamic Sounds studio (where he also worked as a producer and engineer) that Biggs recorded his first Jamaican hit, a cover of The Osmonds' One Bad Apple. He broke through to international success in 1976 with Work All Day, which had been recorded seven years earlier. Biggs had six hit singles on the UK Singles Chart between 1976 and 1981, the most successful of these, Sideshow, reaching #3 in January 1977. He recorded two songs with Bunny Lee; Sincerely and You're welcome which did well in reggae charts. He topped the reggae chart in the UK with Wide Awake in a Dream and A Promise is a Comfort to a Fool.
Many of Biggs' recordings were reggae cover versions of popular soul hits, including songs such as Stevie Wonder's - My Cherie Amour ,Sideshow and Three Ring Cicus by Blue Magic and others originally by The Chi-Lites, The Moonglows (Sincerely), and The Temptations (Just My Imagination). Unlike many of his contemporaries, he avoided the political and Rasta themes then popular in Jamaica.
Biggs continued to perform occasionally in the 2000s, notably at a service of thanksgiving for his former bandleader, Byron Lee, in 2008.