Born Robert Livingstone Thompson, he excelled as a singer/songwriter and producer for over 30 years. He recorded for a number of independent labels including Blue Beat, Dice and Trojan.
As an artiste, he had UK hits such as Suzanne Beware of the Devil and Rudy, A Message to You. The latter was covered by British band, The Specials, in 1979 and is one of their biggest hits.
Livingstone's finest moment, arguably, may be as a producer. He directed Jamaican Tony Tribe on Red, Red Wine, a Neil Diamond original.
Tribe's version was a solid seller in the UK in 1969. It inspired UB40 to record another reggae version in 1983, which topped the American Billboard chart that year.