b. Noel Philips, c.1962, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Philips began his career in 1981 with King Jammy when he recorded â€˜Youthmanâ€™ and an obscure album under his own name. He decided to start afresh with Michael â€˜Myrieâ€™ 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 Philipsâ€™ association with the team was â€˜Ten Milesâ€™, recording as Echo Minott. He performed in the â€˜sing-jayâ€™ style that was immensely popular in the early 80s. In 1982 he recorded â€˜Emilio Bimboâ€™ with Prince Hammer, who took control of Minottâ€™s career on his own Berris label. Minottâ€™s popularity grew when he performed â€˜What The Hell The Police Can Doâ€™, a reference to the security forcesâ€™ reluctance to become involved in domestic disputes. With producer Jack Scorpio he recorded â€˜Lazy Bodyâ€™, 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 songâ€™s 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 â€˜Wherever You Goâ€™, â€˜Cool And Deadlyâ€™, â€˜Jealousy Fe Doneâ€™, â€˜When My Little Girl Is Smilingâ€™ and â€˜New Dimensionâ€™. In 1993 he enjoyed a dancehall success with â€˜Murder Weaponâ€™, which used similar vocal phrasing to Burning Spear and led to various dance remixes. In 1995 Minott had a minor hit with â€˜Girl Of My Complexionâ€™, which reaffirmed his enduring talent.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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