Posted in music on December 2, 2013

Junior Murvin

Not to be confused with Wailers guitarist Junior Marvin, Murvin is the possessor of a fabulous falsetto. (In the late '60s he did reggae covers of Curtis Mayfield tunes and was known as Junior Soul.) In 1976, after some success writing for others, he teamed with legendary producer Lee Perry and delivered "Police and Thieves," an instant classic with phenomenal impact in both Jamaica and England (it came as a timely remark on increased racial tensions in both nations). As an added intercultural bonus, the song's appropriately rebellious lyrics offered The Clash a convenient way to make an early reggae statement on their first LP. - [Trouser Press]
Reggae great Junior Murvin has died at age 67 due to complications from diabetes and hypertension, reports Billboard. His distinctive falsetto lives on through his classic recordings, though. Rest in peace, Junior.

Stream Junior Murvin's album Police and Thieves below...

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Junior Murvin - "Police and Thieves"

Junior Murvin - Police and Thieves (full album)

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Comments (7)

What a song! Thank you, Junior!!

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Posted by Debra Somerville | December 2, 2013 7:20 PM

Great singer. RIP Junior.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 12:49 AM

Legend! So sad. Can't believe he was only 67... though wiki says he was 64.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 8:36 AM

a full third of my reggae knowledge is "police and thieves." at least eric clapton is still around.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 8:45 AM

Was his head photoshopped in that pic?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2013 8:45 AM

Bless Up the soul of our beloved bredren. May the great Ones bless his soul inhis Transition. I love his song" police and thieves. Blessed Love.

Posted by Maama Mahasin | December 3, 2013 11:14 PM

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