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Slim Smith

Singer / songwriter, born Keith Smith, Kingston Jamaica, 1948. His first exposure to music was at the informal competitions held at Back A Wall, site of a Kingston shanty town where singers and musicians used to gather on Friday nights. In 1962 he was a founding member of The Techniques with Winston Riley and they quickly became one of the most popular of the new wave of vocal groups . Between 1964 ? 65 they had a number of big hits with the producer Duke Reid such as ?Queen Majesty? and ?My Girl?

In 1965 he visited Canada where he recorded a solo album, ?Toronto 66? but it wasn?t successful and he returned to Jamaica to begin working with Prince Buster and Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, where his beautiful voice was perfectly suited to the new Rocksteady rhythms of the day - he had a number of hits there including the anthemic Rougher Yet

In 1967 he formed a new group, The Uniques along with fellow singers Jimmy Riley and Lloyd Charmers and they began working with producer Bunny Lee. They had a big hit almost immediately with ?Let Me Go Girl? and an album followed but Smith then left the group, remaining with Bunny Lee as a solo artist but the hits kept coming

His death in 1973 stunned Jamaica. While the exact details of his demise is still a matter of debate it is known that he bled to death from a wound to his wrist after smashing a window at his house. The reasons for his actions are unclear - one version is that he was locked out of his house and simply trying to get in, another that depression and a long history of mental problems was to blame and his death should therefore be regarded as suicide. He?s still widely regarded as one of Jamaica's greatest vocalists of all time

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