Jacob Miller, one of the most influential singers in reggae, will be ‘guest of honor’ at next year’s Rebel Salute which takes place January 16-17 at Richmond Estate in Priory, St. Ann.

Chief organiser Tony Rebel says it is a “great privilege” to pay homage to the chunky vocalist who was killed at age 27 in an auto accident in 1980.

Tony Rebel

Tony Rebel

The Miller segment will feature Inner Circle and Third World, two bands Miller was closely associated. Both appeared on Rebel Salute in 2006 when it was held at Kaiser Sports Club in St Elizabeth.

Roger Lewis, co-founder of Inner Circle, is looking forward to the show especially as it is a salute to the man he knew as ‘Jakes’.

“Jakes was a number one prankster who loved life 24/7…never took life too seriously. Loved music and singing,” said Lewis.

Along with his younger brother Ian on bass, guitarist Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore and keyboardist Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, Lewis started Inner Circle in 1968, while still students at Jamaica College. Coore and Cooper formed Third World four years later.

The band played the Kingston live show scene during the early 1970s. Mid decade, they were joined by Miller who sang lead on some of their biggest hits including Tired Fi Lick Weed in a Bush, Forward Never and Backward Never and Shaky Girl.

Prior to his death, Miller – who appeared in the 1978 low-budget movie Rockers – had returned from a trip to Brazil with Bob Marley.


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