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Well to get to my actual point:
Max Romeo... he left home when he was just 14 years old to work on a sugar plantation, cleaning irrigation ditches. At the age of 18 he won a local talent competition and moved to the capital of Jamaica, Kingston, in order to achive a successful musical career.
In -66 he had his first hit as a memeber of the group The Emotions with the Ken Lack produced song "(Buy You) A Rainbow". The Emotions which also included Kenneth Knight and Lloyd Shakespeare went on to make several hit singles. In -68 the singer now known as Max Romeo felt cinfident enough to start a solo career. He worked with producer Bunny Lee and recorded a number of pop songs, mainly love ballads, but they failed and he returned to The Emotions. During this time he began to work as a sales representative for Lee "Scratch" Perry and did some recording for the new band he had formed, The Hippy Boys, which would later become the dub outfit The Upsetters.
Later on in -68 Max Romeo wrote new lyrics for the rhythm track of Derrick Morgan's "Hold You Jack" and handed them over to "Scratch". Derrick Morgan turned to Max Romeo to sing the lyrics he had written. The result, "Wet Dream", was an instant hit in Jamaica, although in the UK it was met with a radio ban despite Max Romeo's somewhat-disingenuous claim that the song was actually about a roof that has a leak. Still, the ban only made it more popular and the single charted in the Top Ten in the UK Singles Chart spending almost six months therein before featuring on his LP "A Dream".
In 1970 Max Romeo set-up Romax, an unsuccessful record label and sound system. He recorded several singles, mainly with old producer Bunny Lee, before going on to work with dub musician Niney Holness. This was followed by a period that saw the release of a series of politically charged singles. The democratic socialist People's National Party chose his song "Let The Power Fall On I" as their campaign theme for the 1972 Jamaican general election. After this Max Romeo syarted working with producer "Scratch" again, producing the classic singles, "I Chase the Devil" and "Three Blind Mice". Shortly after this the pair fell out leaving Max Romeo to self-produce his follow-up album "Reconstruction" which is generally considered to be a relatively bad album.
He moved to New York in -78, where he co-wrote the Broadway musical "Reggae" which he also starred in. In -81 Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) played on Max Romeo's album "Holding Out My Love to You".
Since the 90's he has enjoyed some success and has seen The Prodigy sample his track "I Chase the Devil" for their -92 UK Top Ten hit "Out of Space". Kanye West also use samples from "I Chase the Devil" to produce Jay-Z's hit song "Lucifer".
...Max Romeo, yeah, that's what this thread is about. I want to discuss his history, his achivments, his carrer and his songs with people that are interested. I wrote this fact from what I know about him after a school project I made a couple of years ago that has the title Max Romeo, I hope that it will help people that know of him but not his history. Well just start discussing Max Romeo in general!