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Died On This Date (December 2, 2013) Junior Murvin / Reggae Great

Posted by themusicsover on December 2, 2013

Murvin “Junior Murvin” Smith
1949 – December 2, 2013

junior-murvinJunior Murvin was an influential reggae performer whose 1976 recording of “Police And Thieves” is considered one of the genre’s most important records.  Born in Jamaica, Murvin began singing at an early age.  After graduating from high school, he moved to Kingston to launch a career in music.  After unsuccessfully auditioning for Lee Scratch Perry and Coxsone Dodd, he landed a deal with Gayfeet Records and later Crystal Records with whom he landed a minor hit with 1972’s “Solomon.”  Murvin continued to build a following while performing throughout Jamaica’s many nightclubs and hotel bars until once again, auditioning for Perry in 1976.  This time, Perry agreed to record a new song Murvin wrote called “Police And Thieves,” which lead to a full album by the same name for Island Records.  The song became a fast hit in Jamaica as well as London where it became an anthem for the local rioters at the time.  The album from which it came is considered by many to be Perry’s finest moment as a producer.  The song made such an impact on Londoners, that the Clash recorded it and included it in their 1977 debut album.  Murvin’s version later appeared in the films, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Rockers, and The Royal Tenenbaums while Dave Grohl recorded it for Reno 911!: Miami. Murvin’s final album, Signs And Wonders, came out in 1989.  Junior Murvin was 64 when he passed away on December 2, 2013.  He was reportedly suffering from diabetes.

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Died On This Date (May 3, 2013) Cedric Brooks (May 3, 2013) Jamaican Saxophonist

Posted by themusicsover on May 3, 2013

Cedric Brooks
1943 – May 3, 2013

cedric-brooksCedric Brooks was a much respected and oft-recorded Jamaican saxophonist.  Barely in his teens when he first took up the clarinet, Brooks ultimately moved over to the flute and saxophone.  He played in a few local bands before getting his first taste of success as Im & David with trumpeter David Madden.  During then late ‘6os, he and Madden recorded several singles for the great producer, Coxsone Dodd.  Over the next five decades, Brooks made numerous albums, either under his own name or with the Mystic Revolution of Rastafari, the Light of Saba, and the Skatalites.  He joined the Skatalites in 2000 and played on at least four of their albums.  Brooks also did plenty of session work throughout his career.  Cedric Brooks died following a cardiac arrest on May 3, 2013.  He was 70.

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Died On This Date (January 31, 2012) King Stitt / Legendary Jamaican DeeJay

Posted by themusicsover on January 31, 2012

King Stitt (Born Winston Spark)
September 17, 1940 – January 31, 2012

King Stitt was, until the time of his passing, recognized as Jamaica’s oldest living deejay.  Stitt’s career dated back to the mid ’50s when he began deejaying for the legendary Coxsone Dodd on his Sound System.  Before he knew it, Stitt was releasing such influential deejay tracks as “Lee Van Cleef,” “Dance Beat,” and “Fire Corner” with such producers as Clancy Eccles and of course, Dodd himself.  In recent years, Stitt was featured in the The Studio One Story documentary and the to-be-released Legends Of Ska concert doc.   King Stitt was 71 when he passed away on January 31, 2012.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (November 23, 2011) Barry Llewellyn / Founder Of The Heptones

Posted by themusicsover on November 23, 2011

Barry Llewellyn
1947 – November 23, 2011

Barry Llewellyn was the co-founder of influential Jamaican reggae trio, the Heptones.  Formed with Earl Morgan while still teens during the late ’50s,  the vocal group, which soon included Leroy Sibbles, went on to record some of the most significant records in the reggae history.  They have been cited as being largely responsible for slowing the beat of ska down to the less energetic rocksteady, which in turn spawned reggae.  Their three-part harmonies can be heard on such records as “I’ve Got A Felling, “Suspicious Minds,”  “Get In The Groove”, and “Fatty Fatty,” which became their first hit on Jamaican radio.  Many of their early songs were recorded by the legendary Coxsone Dodd at his Studio One, while later albums were made for Island Records, including Night Food, which was produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry.  The group continued to tour and record throughout the ’70s, but had disbanded by the dawn of the 1980s.  The Heptones reunited in 1995 to help bolster a ska and rocksteady revival.  Barry Llewellyn, who was 64, passed away in a Kingston hospital on November 23, 2011.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (May 12, 2011) Lloyd Knibb / Longtime Drummer For The Skatalites

Posted by themusicsover on May 12, 2011

Lloyd Knibb
March 8, 1931 – May 12, 2011

Lloyd Knibb is best remembered as the longtime drummer for influential Jamaican ska band, the Skatalites.  Helping to form the group in 1964, Knibb was their for the early development of ska, a form of Caribbean music that included elements of calypso, mento, American jazz, and R&B that was the foundation of reggae.  The Skatalites’ biggest hit was “Guns Of Navarone.”   Knibb began his career during the 1940s when he played in various Jamaican jazz bands. That lead to session work for legendary producer Coxsone Dodd and recordings for the likes of reggae pioneers, Duke Reid and Prince Buster.  He provided the back beat for the Skatalites from their inception in 1964 until their break up just a year later, and then from their much heralded 1983 reunion at Reggae Sunsplash until the time of his death.  He performed his last show with the band in April of 2011.  On May 12, 2011, Lloyd Knibb died of liver cancer.  He was 80.

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