Big Mountain (band)

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Big Mountain
OriginSan Diego, California, United States
GenresPop, reggae
Years active1991–Present
LabelsGiant
Websitewww.bigmountainband.com
 
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Big Mountain
OriginSan Diego, California, United States
GenresPop, reggae
Years active1991–Present
LabelsGiant
Websitewww.bigmountainband.com

Big Mountain is an American reggae/pop band, most famous for its cover version of Peter Frampton's "Baby, I Love Your Way," which became a Top 10 hit single in the U.S. in early 1994 reaching number 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number-one on Mainstream Top 40, and number 2 in the UK shortly afterwards.

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History

Big Mountain evolved from the mid-1980s band Rainbow Warriors in San Diego, California, in 1991, the original line-up including Joaquin McWhinney "Quino" (vocals), Jerome Cruz (guitar), Gregory Blakney (drums), Lance Rhodes (drums), Manfred Reinke (keyboards), and Lynn Copeland (bass guitar).[1][2] The band first reached the charts with the song "Touch My Light" in the late spring of 1993, receiving major airplay on mainstream radio stations, such as B-100 and Q-106 in San Diego. "Baby, I Love Your Way" was included on the soundtrack for the film, Reality Bites, and peaked at number six in the Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK Singles Chart.[2] The follow-up, "Sweet Sensual Love" reached number fifty-one in the UK, and the album Unity (with the line-up now featuring Jamaican guitarist Tony Chin and drummer Carlton "Santa" Davis) went on to sell over a million copies worldwide.[2] The band appeared at both the 1994 and 1995 Reggae Sunsplash festivals. Since 2001, the band went semi-active. Joaquin McWhinney started to teach at Olympian High School which received the highest test scores on their CAHSEE exams.[2] Although their earlier success has not been repeated, they went on to work with Sly & Robbie.[2]

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
AUTGERNEDNZSUISWEU.S.
Wake Up
  • Release date: October 13, 1992
  • Label: Quality Records
  • Formats: CD
Unity155252291037174
Resistance
  • Release date: January 1, 1996
  • Label: Giant Records
  • Formats: CD
Free Up
  • Release date: August 26, 1997
  • Label: Giant Records
  • Formats: CD
Dance Party
  • Release date: May 1, 2001
  • Label: Mega Records
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS
[3]
AUT
[3]
CAN
[4]
GER
[5]
NED
[3]
NZ
[3]
SUI
[3]
SWE
[3]
UK
[6]
U.S.
[7]
1992"Touch My Light"51Wake Up
1993"Reggae Inna Summertime"
1994"Baby, I Love Your Way"44293122126Unity
"I Would Find a Way"62
"Sweet Sensual Love"87235180
1995"Get Together"16714944Resistance
"Where Do the Children Play"
"Caribbean Blue"
1997"All Kinds of People"75Free Up
"Let's Stay Together"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References