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Orville Richard Burrell, 22 October 1968, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Shaggy is, effectively, the man who put New York reggae on the map, thanks to his worldwide hit, Oh Carolina. The same record helped to start the ragga boom of 1993, an explosion that also carried artists such as Shabba Ranks, Chaka Demus And Pliers and Snow into the international pop charts.
An amusing vocal stylist who can be rude without ever descending into a leer, Shaggy learned his trade on Brooklyns Gibraltar Musik sound system. He had moved to America with his parents at the age of 18, and at 19 joined the Marines, based at Lejeune, North Carolina. Following active service in the Gulf War, Shaggy began to record singles for a variety of labels, among them Man A Me Yard/Bullet Proof Baddie for Don One, and Big Hood/Duppy Or Uglyman for Spiderman. A chance meeting with Sting, a radio DJ at...