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Police and thieves reggae star – junior murvin dies aged 67

Junior Murvin was born Murvin Junior Smith. His father was a tailor and singer of ballads from St. James in Montego Bay. When he died Junior’s mother relocated the family to Port Antonio in the parish of Portland, where she was originally from. Junior Murvin began his singing career after going to school in Port Antonio and then in Montego Bay. He graduated to do mechanics at the Montego Bay Technical High School but “changed the vibe – music take over. From mi born me start sing y’know, when mi small me just have a talent, when I was growin’ up reach all 7 or 9 years old, used to sing Billy Eckstein songs and those big songs. Me find myself singing all different kind of voice – bass, treble y’know”. Junior’s main influences in his youth were ballads and soul classics by the likes of Billy Eckstein, Nat King Cole, Curtis Mayfield, Ben E. King, Sam Cooke, Brook Benton, Roy Hamilton and others. Reggae singer Junior Murvin, best known for the 1976 hit song Police …