The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

Junior Murvin at the Black Ark

The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice

Michael Garnice [+-]
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Michael Garnice is best known for his groundbreaking early reggae website www.mentomusic.com and his writing about Bob Marley for Reggae Beat Magazine. He lives in New York City and writes for a number of reggae websites and magazines.

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Singer Murvin Junior Smith was born in 1949 in Swift River, Portland Parish. (He should not be confused with the similarly named guitarist with Bob Marley & The Wailers, Junior Marvin.) A month after he was born, his family moved to Port Antonio, where he grew up. As a child, Smith showed a proficiency for singing popular ballads, a talent he shared with his father, who died when Murvin was a baby. When he was in his teens, the Smiths moved to Montego Bay, where Murvin began to sing in stage shows. At this time he was influenced by soul singers, especially the falsetto singing of Curtis Mayfield that captivated so many on the island. Murvin then moved to Kingston to live with his aunt in Trench Town, where he got to know the many reggae stars who lived there, such as The Wailers. Impressed by Murvin’s voice, Alton Ellis was especially encouraging, as was Ken Boothe. Eric “Monty” Morris and Derrick Harriott taught him harmony, he learned to play guitar and he adopted a stage name suggested by Morris: Junior Soul.

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Garnice, Michael . Junior Murvin at the Black Ark. The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 274-283 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781790953. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25465. Date accessed: 23 Jun 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25465. Mar 2016

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