Well the video isnt going to win any production nods but Jacob Miller is a reggae great who passed way too early. Born in Mandeville in central Jamaica and knowing that he wanted to be a singer since the age of 10 Miller moved quickly to make a name for himself. In high school Miller began hanging out studios and was befriended by Augustus Pablo. His first single would be recorded by Pablo. Miller would continue to work with influencial reggae acts. Paired with his humor (evidenced by the above video) and his ability to shed light on Jamaican social issues of the time he quickly rose to prominance.
Miller is probably most well known for his "rockers" singles of the mid 1970's with the band Inner Circle. The most notable single was "Tenement Yard" which would be his biggest hit. The hit lead them to sign with Capitol Records in 1977. Inner Circle and Miller would become one of the largest acts in Jamaica alongside of force in Jamaica, taking charge musically along with Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Bunny Wailer, Third World, Gregory Isaacs, and Peter Tosh.
Tragically Miller would be killed at the age of 27 in a car accident. He leaves behind a truely influencial catalog as booth a roots and a dub artist. Check out a track.
Mp3: Jacob Miller - "Tenement Yard"
[ Written by K | 7:45 PM | Friday, September 26 | 1 interested person(s) ]