b. Noel Philips, c.1962, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Philips began his career in 1981 with King Jammy when he recorded GÇÿYouthmanGÇÖ and an obscure album under his own name. He decided to start afresh with Michael GÇÿMyrieGÇÖ Taylor and Marshall who had set up the Sunset label. Owing to confusion over the Harry J. label of the same name, the duo discontinued Sunset and resurfaced with the Reggae Sting logo. The result of PhilipsGÇÖ association with the team was GÇÿTen MilesGÇÖ, recording as Echo Minott. He performed in the GÇÿsing-jayGÇÖ style that was immensely popular in the early 80s. In 1982 he recorded GÇÿEmilio BimboGÇÖ with Prince Hammer, who took control of MinottGÇÖs career on his own Berris label. MinottGÇÖs popularity grew when he performed GÇÿWhat The Hell The Police Can DoGÇÖ, a reference to the security forcesGÇÖ reluctance to become involved in domestic disputes. With producer Jack Scorpio he recorded GÇÿLazy BodyGÇÖ, an early product of the digital age, as the rhythm was accompanied with a drum machine, considered sacrilegious by the purists. The result of the songGÇÖs popularity was the release of two one-rhythm albums, Lively Body and Lively Move. At the 10th Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica, Minott virtually stole the show at the dancehall night when he performed alongside Peter Metro, Red Dragon, Leroy Smart, Lovindeer and General Trees. Minott continued to record irregular hits through to the 90s, including GÇÿWherever You GoGÇÖ, GÇÿCool And DeadlyGÇÖ, GÇÿJealousy Fe DoneGÇÖ, GÇÿWhen My Little Girl Is SmilingGÇÖ and GÇÿNew DimensionGÇÖ. In 1993 he enjoyed a dancehall success with GÇÿMurder WeaponGÇÖ, which used similar vocal phrasing to Burning Spear and led to various dance remixes. In 1995 Minott had a minor hit with GÇÿGirl Of My ComplexionGÇÖ, which reaffirmed his enduring talent.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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