I just heard the sad news that Junior Murvin has died. I will be putting together a tribute mix and posting it tomorrow morning!
Here is the write-up that appeared on the Gleaner's website this morning...
"Legendary Jamaican reggae Musician, Junior Murvin, best known for the single 'Police and Thieves' is dead.
The Portland-based singer reportedly died peacefully at his home at Summers Town Road in Port Antonio early this morning.
Murvin, whose real name is Murvin Junior Smith was born in Saint
James in 1949, but following the death of his father, relocated to Port
Antonio with his mother and other siblings.
Murvin would later achieve fame as the falsetto singer of 'Police
and Thieves', which was an international hit in 1976, produced by Lee
The legendary singer, who also sang with one of Jamaica’s leading
bands in the 1990’s, 'Jah Postles', toured extensively several countries
in Europe including Germany, England, and France, while blazing a trail
in vintage reggae music.
Murvin has scored with several other hits including: the ultra easy
skank of 'Miss Kushie', the seminal 'Cool out Son', and others like 'I'm
In Love', 'Bad Man Posse' and 'Muggers in the Street'.
At the time of his death, Junior Murvin was reportedly suffering from an advance stage of diabetes."
RIP Junior Murvin