Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Jamaican Reggae Singer, Junior Murvin, Dies, Aged 67

Reggae singer Junior Murvin, best known for the
1976 hit song Police and Thieves, has died in
Jamaica aged 67.
His son, Keith Smith, said Murvin died in hospital
in Port Antonio on Monday.
The cause of his death has not been established
although the singer was being treated for
diabetes and high blood pressure, reports the
Police and Thieves, produced by the celebrated
Lee "Scratch" Perry, became a 1970s anthem and
was later covered by The Clash.
Junior Murvin - born Murvin Junior Smith -
began his career as a hotel entertainer in Jamaica,
eventually becoming a recording artist in the
capital, Kingston, the Jamaica Observer reported.
Police and Thieves was a hit in Jamaica and also
took off in the UK where it found an audience
with punk rock aficionados.
The song became closely associated with the
Notting Hill Carnival in London which ended in
rioting the year it was released.
Murvin continued to record through the 1980s
although his later singles had less success.

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