b. Nancy Russell, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Sister Nancy was one of 15 siblings; her brother Robert, known to her family as Dickie, found fame as Brigadier Jerry. The latter began chanting on Prince Normanâ€™s sound system before settling with Jahlove Music. While the Brigadierâ€™s reputation as the number one cultural DJ flourished, by her mid-teens, Nancy was occasionally performing on the sound system. Winston Riley was the first producer to take Nancy into the recording studio in 1980 for her debut, â€˜Papa Deanâ€™. The tune was a success and Nancyâ€™s career began in earnest. She performed at Reggae Sunsplash, which was transmitted globally. A notable appearance on A Dee Jay Explosion saw Nancy performing â€˜Chalice A Fe Burnâ€™ and â€˜Boom Shacka Lackaâ€™. With Winston Riley in 1982 her debut One Two was released, featuring the title track, â€˜Aint No Stopping Nancyâ€™, â€˜Bam Bamâ€™ and â€˜Only Woman DJ With Degreeâ€™. She also recorded a classic rendition of â€˜King And Queenâ€™ with Yellowman. With producer Henry â€˜Junjoâ€™ Lawes, she recorded â€˜A No Any Man Can Test Sister Nancyâ€™, â€˜Bang Bellyâ€™ and another Yellowman combination, â€˜Jah Mek Us Fe A Purposeâ€™. She continued appearing live in the dancehall where she often performed alongside her brother on the Jahlove Music Sound System. The sound toured internationally to rave reviews, including a celebrated session at Brixton Town Hall, London, where both Jerry and Nancy made their debut performances in the UK.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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