Bob Andy, one of reggae’s great songwriters, was attacked and robbed in the Mona area of St Andrew Friday afternoon.
According to the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Andy was attacked by a knife-wielding man off Mona Road at 2:30 pm.
The man slashed the singer on his left arm and robbed him of J$50,000,$US5,000 and two cell phones.
The robber then escaped on a motor-cycle. No arrest has been made.
Andy, whose real name is Keith Anderson, is rated among reggae’s great composers.
He started his career as a member of The Paragons in the early 1960s before going solo mid-decade.
I’ve Got to go Back Home, Fire Burning and Too Experienced are some of the songs that made him famous during the 1960s and 1970s.
He also starred in the 1978 movie, Children of Babylon.
Keith Anderson CD (born 1944), better known by the stage name Bob Andy, is a Jamaican reggae vocalist and songwriter.
He is widely regarded as one of reggae's most influential songwriters.
Keith Anderson was born in Kingston, where his mother worked at Up-Park Camp. At the age of 7 he moved to live with his grandmother in Westmoreland. After his grandmother died, his mother gave him away, and he was subject to beatings at the hands of his adoptive parents.
After several years he returned to Kingston to help look after one of his siblings, but to escape beatings from his mother tried to get a place at Maxfield Park children's home by telling them that his mother had died.
They both ended up in court, where he was made a ward of the state and returned to Maxfield Park. At the home, he taught himself to play piano, and began singing in the Kingston Parish Church choir. In the local scout troop he met Tyrone Evans, with whom he formed the Binders.
Bob Andy was one of the founding members of The Paragons, along with Tyrone Evans and Howard Barrett, with John Holt later joining briefly before being replaced by Vic Taylor. Andy left after Holt rejoined and worked for Studio One delivering records and songwriting before embarking on a solo career.
His first solo hit record in 1967, "I've Got to Go Back Home", was followed by "Desperate Lover", "Feeling Soul", "Unchained", and "Too Experienced". He also composed songs for other reggae artists, including "I Don't Want to See You Cry" for Ken Boothe, and "Feel Like Jumping", "Truly", and "Melody Life" for Marcia Griffiths.