Junior Giscombe

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Junior first began singing at the age of 14, encouraged by the sounds of doo-wop, early Motown, soul & reggae…

Junior Giscombe @ SS7-2 (©2013 Clifford J Irving Jr:Summer Soulstice™)

1982 saw Junior hit the chart heights with his anthem ‘Mama Used To Say’, a trans-Atlantic hit which prompted Junior’s appearance as the first black UK artist on Soul Train & earning him Billboard’s Best Newcomer Award presented by the legendary James Brown. The US hit ‘Too Late’ followed reaching No.8 & his auspicious debut LP ‘Ji’ was released.

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Junior’s 2nd album ‘Inside Looking Out’ in 1983 featured another US hit ‘Communication Breakdown’ & working with renowned producer Arif Mardin who later contributed to his next album ‘Acquired Taste’ in 1984. That same year Junior wrote ‘Do You Really Want My Love?’ for the Beverly Hills Cop sound track & enjoyed success as a songwriter for artists like Phyllis Hyman & Sheena Easton.

Another Step’ (a duet with Kim Wilde) reached No.6 in the UK in 1987 & he toured with her, opening for Michael Jackson in the process. That year he also completed his album ‘Sophisticated Street’. After a short hiatus, Junior released the ‘Stand Strong’ album which included the sublime ‘Morning Will Come’ & the nasty groove of ‘Step Off’. In 1992 the album aptly entitled ‘Renewal’ & enjoyed further success with TV presenter Richard Blackwood in 1999.

Watch Junior’s performance of ‘Mama Used To Say’ @ Summer Soulstice 2013

Junior GiscombeJunior’s songwriting skills have contributed to the likes of The Lighthouse Family, Maxi Priest, Penny Ford (ex-Snap), Amy Stewart & Ruby Turner & his own recordings have been well sampled by many. A pioneer in his field, Junior was the first artist to create & present British based black music to audiences outside the UK 25 years ago & we at Summer Soulstice are extremely honoured & excited to have had the man himself join us at our seventh fundraising event. Junior is once again stepping things up once again as part of The British Collective, which features some of the godfathers & torch bearers of British Soul Music of recent years & also includes Don-e, Leee John, Noel McKoy & Omar.

 

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