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Initially formed by Danny Smith and Freddie Notes as the Rudies in the late '60s, U.K.-based Greyhound released tracks under a variety of names, including the Rudies, the Tilermen and Des All Stars, before settling on the Greyhound name. As the Rudies, the group had hits with reggae versions of Clarence Carter's "Patches" and Bobby Bloom's "Montego Bay." Notes left as the decade closed, and was replaced by Glenroy Oakley, and the reconstituted Greyhound hit straight out of the box with another cover, this time of an old David Arkin and Earl Robinson song called "Black & White," which was a huge success in 1971, leading to Three Dog Night's version a year later. A cover of Henry Mancini's "Moon River" followed, and the group had a final run at the charts with"I Am What I Am" before running out of gas. Although the group was hardly innovative, Greyhound's watered down version of reggae was instrumental in creating a market for smooth reggae pop. ~ Steve Leggett
1970 in London, England