Bobby Farrell was born on the beautiful island of Aruba. Farrell left aged 15 to work as a sailor. He drifted to Norway and then Netherlands where he began on his musical path working as a DJ. Eventually Farrell settled in Germany and continued working as a nightclub DJ. It was then that Ferrell was noticed by Frank Farian in 1974. Farian was a German singer and songwriter; he recruited Bobby Farrell to be the sole male singer for his new pop group, Boney M. The group also consisted of 3 other West Indian female session singers, who were living in Germany: Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams and Liz Mitchell.
Boney M was a European sensation throughout the 70s and perhaps reached their peak in 1978 with their hits ‘Brown Girl in the Ring’& ‘Rivers of Babylon’. The latter being their only US top 40 hit. The group enjoyed the success of many top ten hits during the late 70s and many artists still sample their songs to this day.
Bobby Farrell was well known for his flamboyant style and fancy, sparkling costumes. He was originally casted into the group due to his exotic looks. Farrell was more of a dancer and showman and his energetic performances helped boost the group’s success. Bobby Farrell enjoyed a very long career in the entertainment business. In 2005, he appeared as a dancer in Roger Sanchez’ video clip of ‘Turn on the Music’. Bobby Farrell, an entertainer that has and will continue to influence many, Caribbean1st absolutely salutes you.