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Joe Higgs


One would end up being hard-pressed to discover a more significant and unheralded body in reggae than Joe Higgs. Despite a profession of over 30 years, the reference to his name generally is normally greeted with replies like: “who?” or “under no circumstances heard about him.” Even though he may not need been the proverbial home name with regards to root base reggae, his fingerprints are on just about any important documenting and music group that surfaced from Jamaica in the 1960s and ’70s. Delivered in Kingston in 1940, Higgs’ profession began being a songwriter for seminal reggae works such as for example Toots & the Maytals and Delroy Wilson. While building himself as an in-demand songwriter, Higgs was also creating a single vocal profession in addition to working as a higher school music instructor. The function of teacher appropriate Higgs and he was shortly working regularly being a vocal arranger, a trainer, and a electric guitar instructor. Probably the most well-known of his pupils was Bob Marley. It had been under Higgs’ tutelage that Marley’s electric guitar playing significantly improved but, even more significantly, it had been Higgs who organized the stunning trio performing of Marley and fellow Wailers Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone (afterwards Bunny Wailer). Therefore essential was Higgs towards the creation of the sound, that whenever Bunny abruptly still left the music group in 1973 in the eve of the first main American tour, Higgs stuffed in brilliantly. Being a single performer, Higgs’ achievement was intermittent at greatest and his function appreciated generally by hardcore reggae aficionados. After spending the first section of his profession singing within a duo with Delroy Wilson, Higgs proceeded to go single after Wilson still left Jamaica for America in the past due ’60s. But, it wasn’t until 1976 that he released his initial solo album, Lifestyle of Contradiction, a name that accurately summarized Higgs’ profession up compared to that stage. The follow-up record, Unity Is usually Power, was similarly great, but as difficult to get. It wasn’t until 1985 when Alligator Information, a label most widely known for blues music, released Higgs’ masterpiece Triumph. After this time, he kept a minimal profile, issuing an archive once in a while, his function revered by reggae followers all over the world. The best reggae designer you’ve never heard about, Higgs passed away on Dec 18, 1999.

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Full Name Joe Higgs
Died December 18, 1999, Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession Musician
Nationality Jamaican
Children Marcia Higgs, Christopher Higgs, Angela Higgs-Barrett, Coltrane Higgs, Maxine Higgs-Brown, Kenneth Higgs, Jaha Higgs, Claudia Higgs-Donovan, Adria Higgs, Marcus Higgs, Patricia Higgs, Sean Higgs
Music Groups The Wailing Souls
Music Songs Song My Enemy Sings, There's a Reward, Unity Is Power, Blackman Know Yourself, Steppin' Razor, Hard Times Don't Bother Me, My Baby Still Loves Me, The World Is Upside Down, She Was the One, Sons of Garvey, Come on Home, Mother Radio, Wave of War, Life of Contradiction, Wake Up and Live, Who Brought Down the Curtains, Got to Make a Way, You Hurt My Soul, More Slavery, Freedom Journey, Change of Plan, Message of Old, One Man Kutchie, Hurt My Soul, Wages of Crime, Uncle John's Band, Captivity, Caution
Albums Life of Contradiction, Unity Is Power, Cool Runnings, Firehouse Rock, Family, Blackman Know Yourself, The Letdown, FYI, Sincerely, Joe Higgs Selected Hits

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Ashes of the Phoenix 2013 Kevin
Veep 2012 TV Series Father of student
Game Change 2012 TV Movie Photographer #1 (uncredited)
Chute: Roll the Dice 2012 Video short as J.P. Higgs
Nocturnal Agony 2011 Restaurant Patron & Business Man (uncredited)
All in the Game 2011/II Club Goer (as Joseph P. Higgs)
The Riley Tompkins Method 2011 Short Riley Tompkins Sr. (as J.P. Higgs)
Ninjas vs. Vampires 2010 Vampire (as J.P. Higgs)



Trekoff: The Motion Picture 2016 Documentary producer
Frenamie: Ugly Fight 2012 Short executive producer - as J.P. Higgs
Chute: Roll the Dice 2012 Video short executive producer - as J.P. Higgs

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