Junior Murvin R.I.P.


“Best known for his all-time classic ‘Police and Thieves,’ Junior Murvin was gifted with a unique, feather-light falsetto that inspired some of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s most unearthly productions. Murvin wasn’t exactly the most prolific reggae star of the late ’70s, yet such is the stature of ‘Police and Thieves’ and its accompanying album of the same name that Murvin would still be a legend even if he’d never recorded another note. And, indeed, comparatively few listeners heard much of his sporadic subsequent work. Junior Murvin was born Murvin Junior Smith, likely in 1949 in Port Antonio, Jamaica. As a child, he sang along with records by Nat King Cole and Billy Eckstine, and (later on) soul singers like Sam Cooke, Ben E. King, and especially Curtis Mayfield, after whom his own falsetto was modeled. He began performing publicly as a youth after his family moved to Montego Bay. …”
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YouTube: Police and thieves live 2004, The clash – Police and Thieves, Police & Thieves – ReggaeRiddimBox, Cool Out Son, Make it and set it, Make it and set it Dub, Rebellion [Dub Rebel], Cross Over, I’m In Love, Apartheid, Rescue the Children, Cross Over b/w Cross Over Dub (Ja Upsetter), Magic Touch, Closer Together 12′ -1977
YouTube: Police & Thieves Full Album 38:48

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