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Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Singer-songwriter Jeffreys first gained attention in 1973 with a critically-acclaimed self-titled album that contained Wild In The Streets. Jeffreys, of mixed racial background, studied art in Italy before deciding to concentrate on music. He first performed solo around New York and in 1966 formed a band called Grinders Switch (not the US southern rock band of a similar name that recorded in the 70s). Jeffreys spent the early 70s going back to performing solo and honed a sound that crossed elements of rock, folk, reggae, salsa and soul. His 1973 Atlantic Records debut album contained frank songs of New York street life and the struggle for acceptance and survival Jeffreys witnessed and experienced in his youth. It was not commercially successful, yet Wild In The Streets became a staple on FM radio. Jeffreys re-recorded the song for his next album. Ghost Writer, his debut for A&M Records in...