I may not always sing in tune

Born as the fourth of five children of a British (Barbadian / Belgian) mother and a Nigerian father, Labi Siffre was brought up in Bayswater and Hampstead and educated at a Catholic monastery school, St Benedict’s School, in Ealing. Then became interested in jazz and blues and did some backing vocals and played in bands.

In 1969, while Labi was working in Amsterdam, friends sent a tape of his songs to the DJ, Dave Cash and music publishers MAM. This led to a contract with Festival Records, and his recording debut in 1970 which was released in the UK on the Pye International division of Pye Records.

By the time his third album was released he had a big breakthrough with his album “Crying, Laughing, Loving, Lying” which was released in 1972 and contained the hits “It Must Be Love” UK#14 (later covered by Madness), the title song UK#11. His music was soulful, pure and very accoustic in sound.

Labi had more hits later with “I got the…” from 1975 which was used by Eminem on his “My Name Is” and in 1987 with “(Something inside) So strong” and “Nothing’s Gonna Change”.

Crying Laughing Loving Lying
Saved / Cannock Chase / Fool Me A Goodnight / It Must Be Love / Gimme Some More / Blue Lady / Love Oh Love Oh Love / Crying Laughing Loving Lying / Hotel Room Song / My Song / Till Forever / Come On Michael

It must be love by Labi Siffre

It must be love by Madness

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