Happy Birthday to Junior!

Happy birthday to Junior Giscombe, born June 6, 1957.

A popular 80s singer/songwriter, Junior Giscombe mixed his British roots with elements of reggae and classic soul to create a number of memorable songs, both for himself and for other singers.

Happy birthday to Junior Giscombe, born June 6, 1957.

A popular 80s singer/songwriter, Junior Giscombe mixed his British roots with elements of reggae and classic soul to create a number of memorable songs, both for himself and for other singers.

Born and raised in London the son of Jamaican immigrants, Junior was performing in bands as a teenager and used the experience to launch a solo career.  He signed with Phonogram Records and in 1982 released his debut album, Ji.  It shot to the top of the British charts and made a splash in the US on the strength of its infectious, danceable first single, "Mama Used to Say."  "Mama" was in many ways prototypical of future Junior releases, showing elements of traditional soul, but turning the songs on their ear through creative rhythms and interesting vocal arrangements.  "Mama" was followed by the equally engaging "Too Late," which also hit the Soul top 10.  The combination of songs earned him Billboard Magazine's "Top Newcomer" award. 

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