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Junior Delgado

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A popular roots singer who gained fame in the late 1970s into the early 1980s, Delgado scored big with the number one single Merry Go Round, recorded on Sly and Robbie’s Taxi label.

“Junior was a good artiste. We produced two songs for him, Merry Go Round and Fort Augustus. He was a talented songwriter and a very cool person. I actually spoke to him three weeks ago when he called from London,” producer and musician Sly Dunbar recalled.

Born Oscar Hibbert August 25, 1958, in Kingston, Delgado began singing in his teens as Junior Hibbert, with the vocal group Time Unlimited. In 1975, Delgado decided to pursue a solo career and opted to change his name to Junior Delgado. Delgado was his long-time nickname, taken from the Spanish word for skinny.

His debut album, Taste of the Young Heart was released in 1978. The following year, the singer started his own label, Incredible Jux, on which he released his follow-up album Effort. Among the producers whom he recorded for were Prince Jammy, Joe Gibbs, Augustus Pablo and Earl ‘Çhinna’ Smith.

Throughout the early 1990s Delgado spent most of his time between recording and touring Britain where he had a strong fan base. The More She Love It and Disco Style Showcase albums were both released in 1981 and saw Junior experimenting with the new dancehall style.

However, Delgado had not entirely deserted his roots style.

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