legendary Marcia Griffiths, the premier popular female vocalist
of Jamaican music, is the undisputed champion for recording
and releasing hit songs. She is the reigning Empress of Reggae
Music. Marcia has been performing professionally for over 30
years, a major accomplishment by any measure, in any field of
endeavor. Moreover, the consistency of hits that were released
in this era, such as “Fire Burning”, “I Shall
Sing”, “You Have Lost That Loving Feeling”,
the recent remake “Tell Me Now,” and "Run Up
And Down" clearly shows her potential to deliver and prevail.
first song Marcia Griffiths ever recorded was “Wall Of
Love” for producer, Coxone Dodd at Studio One. That song
was never released. The first hit single Marcia released was
“Feel Like Jumping”, written by Bob Andy, arranged
by Jackie Mittoo and produced by Coxone Dodd on the Studio One
( Down Beat) label. Played in establishments like Britannia Bournemouth to the corner pub, the song was well liked all around. Her debut album “Marcia Griffiths
at Studio One” was from the same label and producer. This
album featured the first combination recording of Bob and Marcia
- “Always Together”. Marcia’s second album
for Studio One, titled “Truly” was released in 1998
by Heartbeat Records.
1970, as a duo, Marcia and Bob had an international hit with
“Young Gifted And Black”. They earned a Silver Disc
award and released an album with the same name; that album was
produced by Harry J. and released by Trojan Records in England
and Europe. “Young Gifted and Black” was subsequently
released by Motown Records in the USA. The next year (1971)
Bob and Marcia had another hit on the London and European charts
with “The Pied Piper”. They released a second duet
album with their hit as the title track, which was again produced
by Harry J. for Trojan Records. After that period of success,
Bob & Marcia chose to pursue separate careers. In 1974,
Marcia released her second solo album “Sweet Bitter Love”,
produced by Lloyd Charmers for Trojan Records.
has the distinction of having worked with a major record label,
Philip Records, in Germany. She traveled to Germany where she
recorded with a thirty- two piece orchestra. She even sang two
songs in the German language, “Bleib By Sir" (Stay
Right Here) and “Alles Ist Wunderschoen,” (Everything
is Beautiful). She also recorded an album in Germany titled
“ The Reggaes” featuring Marcia Griffiths backed
by the Fab 5 band.
Marcia’s venture with a vocal group came about with the
formation of the I-Threes. The I-Threes first came together
with Judy Mowatt and Rita Marley singing harmony on stage for
Marcia. They then started to record and began touring with Bob
Marley and the Wailers, from the release of his “Natty
Dread” album onwards.
a vocal trio the I-Threes released two albums, “Beginning”
in 1983 and “The I-Threes Sing Bob Marley” in 1995.
As well as a number of singles.
recorded two albums for one of the rare female producers - Sonia
Pottinger; “Naturally” in 1978 and “Stepping”
in 1979. “Naturally” was singled out as Marcia’s
best collection; seven of the ten tracks were written by Bob
Andy (Keith Anderson).
1985 Sydney Crooks produced “Rock My Soul” which
was distributed on the Tuff Gong label of 56 Hope Road. Her
next album was “I love Music”, produced by Chris
Stanley for Mountain Music. Then came the beautiful “Marcia”
in 1989, produced by Donovan Germane for Penthouse Records.
In 1990, the third album from Bob & Marcia, “Really
Together” was released in London by I-Anka Records. That
album contains songs which were produced by Bob Andy in the
mid- seventies. The Fourth CD pairing Bob & Marcia, “
Sweet Memories,” was also produced by Bob Andy, and released
in London, seven years later.
1991, came the revival of a single “Electric Boogie”
that was written and produced by Bunny Wailer, some eight years
earlier. It became a huge hit surfacing on the Bill Board Charts.
Her album “Carousel” followed for Mango Records
who had originally issued the single in 1983. “Carousel”
was produced by the American team of The Jerks (Raphael, Joe