Marcia Griffiths

Genres: Pop / Rock Reggae
Tags: reggae female vocalists rocksteady jamaica roots reggae Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Griffiths is arguably the most consistently successful female vocalist in the history of reggae music, having recorded in every one of the myriad of styles in Jamaican music, from ska through to an 80s rap crossover record. Her precocious talent was recognized very early by producers Coxsone Dodd and Byron Lee, who were competing for her father’s signature on a recording contract even before Griffiths’ tenth birthday. Dodd was the winner because she ‘liked his vibes’ and Dodd’s Studio One set-up was like a ‘musical college’. It was there that Griffiths achieved her first Jamaican number 1 in 1968 with the rocksteady hit ‘Feel Like Jumping’, a record that can still fill dance floors. She had worked very closely with Bob Andy during this period and he had written many of her biggest hits for her. In 1969, they recorded, as Bob And Marcia, an interpretation of Nina Simone’s ‘To Be...

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