Jacob Miller: Rockers Forever

Thirty Five Years Ago Today Reggae Music Lost A Great Soldier

On this day in 1980 legendary #reggae singer Jacob “Killer” Miller died in a tragic car accident on Hope Road in Kingston Jamaica. “I was sitting with my father in Hope Road when he heard the news on Sunday,” recalls Rohan Marley. “Jacob and my Father always spend time together on Sundays.” Miller was one of reggae’s greatest performers. His merry, manic brilliance shines through clearly in the crucial 1980 concert doc Heartland Reggae, particularly the performance of “Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush” during which he puffs a huge spliff on stage while using his microphone to taunt the cops at the venue before somebody hands him a police cap and he starts chanting “Babylon, Babylon falling down.” Jakes spent just 27 years on earth but the #Rockers music he made with Inner Circle and Augustus Pablo shall live forever. In fact, one of his classic cuts with the Bad Boys of Reggae, “Tenement Yard,” is enjoying a major resurgence 40 years after its release.  Audio After The Jump…

Lead photograph courtesy of David Corio

First came the Inner Circle and Chronixx collabration “News Carrying Dread”

Now there is a whole “Tenement Yard” riddim juggling.

Reshma B Goes Behind the Scenes at the “Tenement Yard” Video Shoot

Inner Circle’s Roger Lewis and Chronixx Reason Bout Their “Tenement Yard” Collab

RELATED: WATCH THIS: Inner Circle ft. Chronixx & Jacob Miller Tenement Yard (News Carrying Dread)

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  1. Sorry man – it was 35 years ago. Touter phoned me in New York to tell me the bad news as I was Inner Circle’s lead guitarist from end of 1977 to end of 1979. Dread day without doubt 🙁

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