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Musical Youth was a British reggae band formed in 1979 in Birmingham, England. The original group members were two sets of brothers: Michael and Kelvin Grant and Junior and Patrick Waite. The band was discovered while playing in a talent competition and signed to MCA Records in 1982.

Their first single, "Pass the Dutchie," was released in 1982 and became an international hit, reaching number one in the UK and several other countries. The song covered the Mighty Diamonds' "Pass the Kouchie" with modified lyrics. "Pass the Dutchie" was the first reggae song to reach the top of the UK charts since Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" in 1980.

Musical Youth's debut album, "The Youth of Today," was released later that year and was a commercial success. The album included "Pass the Dutchie" as well as other tracks such as "Youth of Today" and "Heartbreaker."

In 1983, the band released their second album, "Different Style!," which included the singles "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "007 (Shanty Town)." However, the album did not achieve the same level of success as its debut.

Musical Youth faced several challenges in the following years, including conflicts with their management and label and personal struggles within the band. They released one more album, "The Magic of Musical Youth," in 1984 before disbanding in 1985.

Despite their short career, Musical Youth left a lasting impact on the music industry and their hit song "Pass the Dutchie" remains a popular classic.


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