Grandison quit the group fairly early in its career and was replaced by Gallimore Sutherland and with this lineup, the Gladiators
became mainstays at the famous Studio One, where they recorded highly religious songs of their own as well as backing up such top-ranked artists as Stranger Cole
and Burning Spear
. Around 1974, the group began working with the infamous Lee "Scratch" Perry
at his Black Ark studio, where again they recorded on their own as well as backing up other artists, notably the enigmatic singer Vivian "Yabby U" Jackson. Fearon, who by this time was an accomplished bass player as well as a gifted singer and songwriter, was put to especially heavy use in the studio, recording numerous basslines for other artists and rarely getting any credit, or even regular payment for his services. His bass is the one heard on Perry
's strange and wonderful "Roast Fish and Cornbread," as well as many other Black Ark recordings for which the session notes are long gone.
In the late '80s he emigrated to the United States, settling in Seattle, where he organized the relatively short-lived Defenders band. The group recorded one EP before breaking up. In 1993, he formed his current ensemble, the Boogie Brown Band, which has recorded four albums: Disturb the Devil, Mystic Whisper, What a System, and Soon Come. ~ Rick Anderson, Rovi