He is a singer-songwriter and producer who is the
brother of the musician Derrick Crooks. In 1962 he became a member of the Jamaican reggae group The
Pioneers and after several years of performing and recording they had
reduced in numbers until it was mainly just Sydney Crooks and Jackie
Robinson that were keeping them going. He moved to
London after the song "Long Shot (Kick de Bucket)" became a huge hit in the
UK. The group still perform
live to this day on occasion.
He set up the Pioneer International record label, which has played
host to artists such as Gregory Isaacs, The Mexicano (Rudolph Grant),
Dennis Brown and Delroy Wilson. Many artists including the British band The Specials have
recorded his self-written and co-written songs. He moved to
Brazil where he goes by the name Norris Cole.
The Mexicano recordings
Gimme Little Loving (Sydney Crooks)