Remember Bitty McLean? If you do, then this one’s dedicated to the one I love!
Delroy ‘Bitty’ McLean was born in Birmingham, England in 1972 and was so named as he was the youngest of six children and for his small ‘standing’ compared to his older siblings. Nevertheless, he spent the early-mid 1990’s tempting us with a cocktail of R&B/Reggae/Pop dittys that appealed to the general public as he amassed seven consecutive UK top 40 hit singles and two chart albums in a two year period. He got his break working as an engineer with the band UB40 and eventually was employed as a backing singer. From there he was signed to Virgin Records and in the Summer of 1993, released his debut single, a cover of Fats Domino’s 1961 hit, “It Keeps Raining”.
The song reached No.2 in the UK, becoming the 24th biggest seller of the year, and went on to top the charts in The Netherlands and New Zealand as well as being a top ten hit across Europe! Bitty released an original song for the follow up, “Pass It On”, at the end of 1993 (UK No.35) along with his debut album, “Just To Let You Know…”, which would eventually reach the UK top twenty. It would feature two further top ten hits in 1994 with “Here I Stand” (UK No.10) and another cover version, The Shirelles 1959 single, “Dedicated To The One I Love”, which Bitty took to No.6 in the UK. A fifth single, “What Goes Around”, made it five UK top 40 hits out of five releases that Autumn.
In no time at all, Bitty was back the following year with new music and released “Over The River” and a cover of The Carpenters “We’ve Only Just Begun”, which would give him his final UK top 40 charting single. His second album, “Natural High” and subsequent singles all fell way short and in 1996 he was dropped by Virgin. Bitty has, however, recorded further albums and released singles through independent labels ever since as well as playing live. In 2007 he toured with veteran Jamaican duo Sly and Robbie and together they recorded the album, “Made In Jamaica”. His most recent work was the 2018 album, “Love Restart”, which saw him tour later that year, once more with Sly and Robbie.
If you’re a fan or were a fan, keep an eye on his social media sites for latest information on where you can see Bitty play live.
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