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Max Romeo (born Maxwell Livingston Smith, 22 November 1947 St. D'Acre St. James Jamaica) is a reggae and roots reggae artist who has achieved chart success in their homeland and in the UK singer who made rude Rude Boy Max Romeo was responsible for the launch of a whole new sub-genre of reggae, whose openly suggestive lyrics caused an outcry but took a massive hold of the music scene regardless Yet innuendo was the least of the singer's styles for the release of his infamous "Wet Dream" Romeo had collected a number of sweet hits with the vocal trio the feelings and soon faded nightly LICENSE singer established himself as one of the most important figures in the roots scene
He left home at age 14 and worked on a sugar plantation outside Clarendon clearirrigation ditches, before winning a local talent contest when he was 18, led a move to the capital Kingston to achieve a successful career

In 1965 he joined up with Kenneth Knight and Lloyd Shakespeare in The Emotions while also working as a record plug for Ken Lack The Calton label group has failed auditions for other producers, but lack offered them an audition after the hearing, Smith sings to himself as he worked one days in 1966 the group had its first hit with the lack of front "(Buy You) A Rainbow 'feelings continued with having several hit singles and by 1968 the singer in this paragraph called Max Romeo felt confident enough to start a solo career working with producer Bunny Lee, Than is a young star recorded a number of pop songr mainly love ballads, but they failed to be popular and so he returned to the feelings now recording for Phil Pratt During this time he began working as a salesman for Bunny Lee and did some recordings with Hippy boys who later became The Upsetters

Later in 1968 Romeo wrote new lyrics for the rhythm track of Derrick Morgan "Hold You Jack" and handed them over to Lee Morgan, who was due to put his vocals to the track in the end gave it a miss, like many other singers (including John Holt and Slim Smith) leads the producer to turn to Romeo to sing the texts he has written outcome "Wet Dream" was an instant hit in Jamaica, even in Britain it was met with a BBC Radio ban, despite Romo-rather disingenuous claim thatsong was played on a roof has a leak still ban only made it more popular and the only charted in the top ten in the UK singles chart spend almost six months there before featuring on his LP A Dream, which included several follow-up singles in the spirit " Miniskirt Version "" Fish in the pot 'Belly Woman "and" Wine Her Goosie "[1] A tour in the UK also met Romeo banned from performing in several places, although many let him play the singer residing in the UK eighteen months

In 1970, Romeo returned to Jamaica and set up Romax a failed record label and sound system, after which he recorded several singles in the main with old producer Bunny Lee befoåker to work on a number of other manufacturers, includinggrabber Niney Holness This was followed by a period of who released a series of politically charged singles, most advocates of the democratic socialist People's National Party (PNP), which chose his song "Let The Power Fall on in" their campaign theme for the 1972 Jamaican election Romeo joined PNP Musical bandwagon travel around Jamaica to play on the back of a truck After this Romeo into a number of religious songs until he worked with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry, who produces the classic singles "Three Blind Mice" (an adaptation of the rhyme with lyrics about a police raid on a man) "Sipple Out Deh" and "I Chase the Devil", a remixed versiom for "Sipple Out Deh entitled" War Ina Babylon "was another popular track in the UK the first fruits of his with Island Records and was followed av an album of the same name and a follow-up single "One Step Forward" Soon after the pair fell out leaving Romeo themselves to produce their follow up album reconstruction that could not match the success of its predecessor Perry's hostility toward Romeo was shown by his single "White Belly Rat" by Perry, write the word "Judas" over a photograph of Romeo on the wall of his Black Ark studio

He moved to New York in 1978 where he co-wrote (with Michael Butler, producer) the musical Reggae which he also starred in 1980 , he appeared as a backing sångist "Dance" at The Rolling Stones album Emotional Rescue 1981 the advantage was back when Keith Richards (of The Rolling Stones) co-produced and played on the album Romeo HoldingOut My Love to you the rest of his output during the decade went virtually unnoticed by Romeo find work in a New York electronics store, he returned to Jamaica in 1990 and began touring and recording more regularly

He visited England again in 1992 on the album Far I am captain of my ship and our rights with Jah Shaka In 1995 he recorded over the gun with drop Zukie and he joined up with UK rhythm section / production team of Mafia & Fluxys 1999 album Selassie I Forever

His music has been sampled by other Artists, Prodigy sampled his song "I Chase the Devil" on their 1992 UK Top Ten hit "Out of Space" Kanye West has also used samples from it to produce Jay-Z's hit "Lucifer" which appeared on the Jay- Z's 2003 release - The Black Album

"I Chase the Devil" is on the reggae radio station K-JAH Radio West in popular videogame Grand Theft Auto San Andreas was released in October 2004 Romeo single "Sipple Out Deh" appeared in John Peel Record Box

One of Jamaica's most provocative lyricists a singerwho gave us such lasting songs as "Chase the Devil" (which was sampled in the song "Out Of Space" by Prodigy and the song "Lucifer" by Jay-Z) "Public Enemy Number One", "One step forward" and "Three Blind Mice" It was Romeo who first introduced Britain to the concept of rude reggae with 'Wet Dream', which despite a total radio ban reached 10 on the UK charts in May 1969
In 1972 Romeo began working with producer Lee "Scratch" Perry " Babylon Burning "" Three blind MiceR17, and "The Coming of Jah" all retained their star status in Jamaica between 1972 and 1975 Revelation time was one of the best albums in 1975 and 1976's War Ina Babylon was hailed by the rock press as an all-time classic reggae Two albums outstanding contributions that will remain classicrecordings from the so-called "golden age" of Jamaican reggae music

 

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