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Jacob Miller and Inner Circle – We A Rockers (Live Paris 1979)

Jacob Miller was known as one of Jamaica’s most distinctive vocal stylists, with a trademark vibrato he used to accent his performance.

Miller was featured in the film¬†Rockers, alongside many other musicians including¬†Gregory Isaacs,¬†Big Youth¬†and¬†Burning Spear. In the movie, he plays the singer of a hotel house band, (in reality Inner Circle), who are joined on drums by the film’s hero,¬†Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace¬†and play a live version of Inner Circle’s hit “Tenement Yard”.

Jacob Miller went with Bob Marley and Chris Blackwell to Brazil, to celebrate Island opening new offices in South America. On Sunday, March 23, 1980, Miller was killed in a car accident on Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica. Miller and Inner Circle had been preparing for an American tour with Bob Marley and the Wailers, and the next album, Mixed Up Moods.

Cousin of¬†Maxi Priest. He had earned the title ‘Killer’, since he “killed” all competetors in concerts with his mighty opera style vocals and as a Top Showman and great personality. ¬†Prot√©g√© of¬†Augustus Pablo¬†with whom he made several records, he also became the vocalist for¬†Inner Circle¬†with whom he made the classic “Tenement Yard”.

Signed by¬†Island Records,¬†Inner Circle, and Miller especially, were being groomed for stardom when it was all brought to an abrupt halt when Miller’s car hit a pole on Hope Road, Kingston, on May 23 1980.

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