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Garland Jeffreys

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Brooklyn NY, United States (1966 – present)

Garland Jeffreys (born 29 June 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. His music is a mix of rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, blues, soul and even hip-hop. He began his career performing solo in Manhattan clubs in 1966 after attending college at Syracuse University as an art major, where he became friends with Lou Reed (future co-founder of The Velvet Underground).

He spent some time in Italy studying art before coming back to Manhattan to further his education at New York’s Institute of Fine Arts while working with several New York bands. In 1969 he formed a group called Grinder’s Switch, and they released just one album - Garland Jeffreys & Grinder’s Switch. Members of Grinder’s Switch played on debut solo album of another co-founder of The Velvet Underground, John Cale - Vintage Violence (1970). Garland even wrote one song for this album (Fairweather Friend) and did back-up vocals for it. In 1973 Jeffreys released his own debut album entitled simply ‘Garland Jeffreys. During the mid-70s he was touring with reggae artists like Jimmy Cliff and Toots & The Maytals and in 1977 he released his critically acclaimed Ghost Writer. In 1980 Jeffreys made a cover of ? & The Mysterians96 Tears. Then, after a long silence he released Don’t Call Me Buckwheat (1992).

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