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Big Mountain (band)

Big Mountain is an American Reggae/pop band, known 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 for the year of 1994 in the UK.


The evolution of the Big Mountain Reggae band started in the mid-80's as the California Reggae band Rainbow Warriors. In 1988 the lead singer Quino (pronounced Kino) joined as the lead singer of the band Shiloh San Diego, California. In 1989 Shiloh secured their first record deal and put out one album titled "California Reggae". In 1991 the band changed the name to Big Mountain which was the name of an Indian Reservation in Arizona. 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. Radio station with the largest audiences West of the Mississippi took "Touch My Light" to #1 ( B-100 and Q-106 in San Diego, Kiss-FM, Power 106 in Los Angeles, Hot-97,KFOG and KMEL in San Francisco). In 1994 Big Mountain released "Baby, I Love Your Way" soundtrack for the [film], [Reality Bites], and remained in the Top 10 in the U.S.[Billboard Hot 100] and number two for the entire year in the [UK Singles Chart],and number one on the year end radio and retail charts in Japan.[2] The follow-up, "Sweet Sensual Love" reached Top 10 in Spain and Japan and the album Unity sold over 1 million copies. Big Mountain's follow up single "Get Together" became a Top 5 hit in Brazil and Norway, (with the line-up now featuring Jamaican guitarist [Tony Chin] and drummer [Carlton "Santa" Davis] Big Mountain went on to be the top selling Reggae band worldwide, selling millions of singles and albums.[2] The band appeared at both the 1994 and 1995 [Reggae Sunsplash] festivals in Jamaica. In 1998 Jamaican Drummer/Producer Paul "GrooveGalore" KasticK.(Shaggy,Maxi Priest,Diana King) replaced Carlton "Santa" Davis as full-time drummer,band member & primary Producer in the group. KasticK spare headed the production on the last 6 Big Mountain albums between 1998-2007. After 10 years of touring the band took a break After 2005's New Day. During the period between 2001 and 2011 Big Mountain occasionally gets together for Concerts and live performances for Concert Festivals worldwide and various benefit causes.

"Baby I Love Your Way" remains as Big Mountain's number one song. [3]


Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
Wake Up
  • Release date: October 13, 1992
  • Label: Quality Records
  • Formats: CD
  • Release date: July 19, 1994
  • Label: Giant Records
  • Formats: CD
15 52 52 29 10 37 174
  • Release date: January 1, 1996
  • Label: Giant Records
  • Formats: CD
Free Up
  • Release date: August 26, 1997
  • Label: Giant Records
  • Formats: CD
"" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1992 "Touch My Light" 51 Wake Up
1993 "Reggae Inna Summertime"
1994 "Baby, I Love Your Way" 4 4 2 9 3 12 2 1 2 6 Unity
"I Would Find a Way" 62
"Sweet Sensual Love" 87 23 51 80
1995 "Get Together" 16 71 49 44 Resistance
"Where Do the Children Play"
"Caribbean Blue"
1997 "All Kinds of People" 75 Free Up
"Let's Stay Together"
"" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. Bush, John "[Big Mountain (band) at All Music Guide Big Mountain Biography]", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p.25
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 International peaks
  5. Canadian peaks
  6. German peaks
  7. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums, 19th, London: Guinness World Records Limited.
  8. Allmusic peaks
  9. Certified Awards Search: Big Mountain. BPI. Retrieved on 2010-08-14.
  10. Gold and Platinum search results: Culture Beat. RIAA. Retrieved on 2010-08-14.
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