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.