Tribute toJacob Killer Miller Latest artiste to be honoured at Rebel Salute
PATRICK Barrett remembers being glued to the radio as a 14-year-old in 1976, listening to what was one of the most competitive festival song contests in years. His favoured song was All Night Till Daylight, a catchy number by Jacob Miller, who like Barrett, hailed from Manchester.
Thirty-eight years later, Barrett is known as Tony Rebel, roots deejay and organiser of the annual show, Rebel Salute.
All Night Till Daylight came in second to Freddie McKay's Dance This Ya Festival, but Miller made a lasting impression on his 'parishena'.
"From dem time, mi have a ting fi Jacob. From mi a youth mi a sing song like Chapter a Day 'cause Jacob was more than a singer, him was a marijuana advocate," said Rebel.
The lanky Rebel gets the opportunity to pay homage to his boyhood hero at the next Rebel Salute which takes place January 16-17 at Richmond Estate in Priory, St Ann. The show features a segment honouring Miller, who died in an auto accident in March 1980.
That segment will showcase the Inner Circle and Third World bands, who were close to the chunky Miller. He joined Inner Circle in 1975, after a stint with musician/producer Augustus Pablo; guitarist Stephen 'Cat' Coore and keyboardist Michael 'Ibo' Cooper, who started Third World in 1971, were also founding members of Inner Circle in 1968.
The Lewis brothers, Roger (guitar) and Ian (bass), were also co-founders of Inner Circle which they still lead. Roger Lewis remembers Miller 'forcing' his way into the band by 'taunting' rival singers.
After getting the nod, Miller and Inner Circle hit it off immediately. Their first songs together, Shaky Girl, Tired Fi Lick Weed Inna Bush and Tenement Yard all made Jamaican charts.
Lewis stressed that the charismatic Miller was more than music. "He was truly passionate about injustice to the poor," he said.
Third World and Inner Circle last performed at Rebel Salute in 2006 when it was held at the Kaiser Sports Club in St Elizabeth. The show has honoured other stalwarts including Jimmy Cliff and Burning Spear.