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Welcome to the The Blackstones official band website.

We are a United Kingdom-based reggae vocal trio formed in 1974, in the tradition of the Jamaican harmony-trio.

More recently we have been joined by the great singer A.J. Franklin to complete the current lineup.

We are always available for bookings – please contact us here.

The Blackstones live

Leon Leiffer

Founding member of The Blackstones, was born in St. Ann, Jamaica.

Tony Mahoney

Tony Mahoney was born in St Thomas, Jamaica in a little district called Ramble.

Junior Bailey

Earl Bailey a.k.a Junior was born in St Andrew, Jamaica.

A.J. Franklin

Born Franklin Spence in Westmorland, but growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, A.J. began his musical career in 1969.


The Blackstones live radio interview this Sunday 19 May at 7pm – tune in here:

🎸12th April 2024.

🎸Available On All Digital Platforms & Retailers

🎸Also Available On CD From Your Local Store

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Introduction live on Conscious Radio from Isaac Natural

New single from The Blackstones – Ain’t to Proud to Beg

Riddim track recorded at Stingray Studio, London

“Ain’t To Proud To Beg” voiced at PPD Productions Suite, London

Ladrick Lemonious
Ladder Rick

Michael Monteith

RidimEast Studio, Yallahs St Thomas, Jamaica

Out on 14 Feb 24 new release Spare A Little Love by Amanda J. Christos & The Sounds of Melodies.  See the video here.

Out on 1 Nov 23 new releases by The Blackstones – RICH MAN POOR MAN – and Amanda J. Christos & The Sounds of Melodies – COME TOGETHER!  Both singles produced by K Murray (RULA Productions) on the Ravers International Label, distributed by Valence Vibes – for your musical pleasure in any weather!

Cherry Oh, Cherry Oh Baby by The Blackstones – new single came out on Oct 23 along with Dancehall Fever by Amanda J. Christos & The Sounds of Melodies! Both tracks produced by Leon Leiffer out soon The Blackstones label.

Introducing the latest album from The Blackstones – FRESH – brought to you by Stingray Studio – out now from 18 Aug 23 at leading on leading streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and all on-line retailers, and distributed by

Read the review on Reggae Vibes HERE

Play to listen:

Also newly released is single LOVE BETWEEN A BOY & A GIRL, distributed by Zojak Worldwide!   Let the captivating lead vocal tones and harmonies of The Blackstones immerse you into a musical journey like no other!  This masterpiece has been expertly produced by Dillie Stingray and Leon ‘Blackstones’ Leiffer.  Executive Producers Dillie Stingray and Leon Leiffer.


Together We Are Beautiful by Amanda J. Christos & The Sounds of Melodies – out now and available for digital download! In association with Iron Sound Records & The Blackstones! Play to listen and watch the new video below:

Together We Are Beautiful music video released on 17.9.23. Click to watch now.

In the Media

15 Oct 23 – Listen to The Blackstones radio interview with David Rodigan here:

The Blackstones, Frenchie King & Amanda J. Christos with Diane at Radio Fresh FM interview 21 Aug 23

In the Media

See us on The Antiques Roadshow at Clissold Park, with our BRAFA display and tribute.

Click/tap here to see the Episode on iPlayer

Leon of The Blacksrones on the Antiques Roadshow BRAFA piece, Clissold Park

The Blackstones voicing “Don’t Feel Secure” and “Out A Road” for Horus records

The Blackstones – Mellow Mood
Placed on the list to be considered for a 2018 Grammy Award in the Reggae category.