Lyon, born Devon Bailey, moved to Kingston in the 70's to live in
Trenchtown with his mum, his sister and his brother named Dennis.
working in the new Kingston area on a construction site. Dennis met a
friend who worked at the construction site and that friend was the
lead singer from the group The Chantells.
told The Chantells lead singer that his brother was singing at home
like he was singing everyday on construction work site. The Chantells
lead singer told Dennis to bring his brother Devon. One day, Devon
came with his brother Devon and they met the three members of the
group The Chantells. They became friends. Devon started to verse with
them in the evening and they really like him style.
the help of The Chantells group, Devon recorded his first track
« Shine Eye Girl » in 1978. One day, his cousin from
london Phil Matthias came to Jamaica to see his family. Phil loved
the song « Shine Eye Girl » because he heard it on the
radio in London a few months before. Phil realized Devon was his
cousin so he was searching for Devon to record a song.
After Dark » was recorded in 1979 at famous Byron Lee studio
« Dynamics » with In Crowd band. The In Crowd band were a
christian group. They were going to church every sunday. Devon Lyon
wrote this lyrics because he get stealt many times by someone in the
night at his home but never really knew who it was. Everytime he wake
up, he only saw a shadow from the window. So he realized someone was
in his house. Everytime he woke up with his machette but he never saw
the thief. So he wrote « i will never, never will i ever, trust
no shadow after dark ».
Matthias produced the song but never paid his cousin. Everytime Devon
was asking him for royalties, he told another story so after a while
Devon started to move forward. Actually he didn't know what to do to
get his royalties. He stopped the music and languish into obscurity
for more than 30 years.
years ago, Devon Lyon met Enrico Vicari, an italian reggae lover
living in Jamaica. Enrico is the man behind « Vinyl Club
Jamaica ». One day, Devon brought him his two songs and ask
Enrico to play them. Everyone liked it. Devon also took the
microphone to sing on the b-side more than 30 years after the release
of his tune. Enrico get the idea to capture this moment (check
youtube) so the world will know Devon Lyon is still alive and well.
give praises to Enrico because he the one that put him under the
light. Right now, Devon knows people enjoy « Shadow After
Dark » all over the world. « Enrico you are the best,
respect yah man ! Yeah and big up Jamwax big respect ».
Release date: July, 14 of 2017