Good lord … ?
I’ve got to admit, I’ve just come across a sad bit of news.
Depending, of course, on whether you’re a fan of reggae, or not.
Actually, I’ve got to admit, I’m not.
But I’m also honest enough to admit that I — like a lot of people my age — have listened and enjoyed plenty of it, over the years.
Including to a couple of tracks by the now late David Emmanuel.
Better known to my generation as Smiley Culture.
Who died, earlier today, during a police raid.
Smiley only had two really big hits here in the UK, Police Officer and Cockney Translation.
But in so doing … ?
Introduced Britain to the Jamaican-style sound-system, the basis for more forms of Jamaican music than I think anyone’s got time to list.
And, at least in my case … ?
In releasing Police Officer put a HUGE smile on my face.
Enjoy … !
David Emmanuel, AKA Smiley Culture.
c. 1962 – 15 March 2011.