It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Jacob Miller (Reggae)

"I was born on Rousseau Road/the number was 21A," so Jacob Miller sang on "Killer Miller." In actuality, the star apparently hailed from Mandeville, in the Jamaican hills; however, his single mother sent her son to live with his grandparents in Kingston, and thus he did indeed grow up on Rousseau Road. His date of birth is equally contentious, with claims made for both 1952 and 1955, while one can infer from interviews with Augustus Pablo an even later date, circa 1960.

There's no doubt though that Miller was a handful, star struck, and desperate to be a star himself. Coxsone Dodd gave him his first shot in 1968, when the youth recorded a few songs for the producer, including the single "Love Is the Message." It barely caused a ripple, but did catch the attention of Augustus Pablo, who gave the song airing at his Rockers Sound System. That wasn't enough to keep Dodd's interest, and Miller's career seemed to be over before it had even begun. However, Miller continued practicing, hanging around the studios, watching the stars, and jovially boasting about his talent to anyone who would listen.

In 1972, Pablo and his brother Garth Swaby launched their own Rockers label, initially a home for Pablo's own instrumentals, but soon branching out to vocal cuts. In 1974, Pablo brought Miller into Dynamic Studios to re-record "Message," resulting in the phenomenal "Keep on Knocking," one of the foundation stones of the new Rockers style. Over the next 18 months, the young singer cut five more songs for Pablo, each one a Rockers classic -- "Baby I Love You So," "False Rasta," "Who Say Jah No Dread," "Each One Teach One," and "Girl Named Pat" -- and all boasting seminal dubs from mixer King Tubby on the flip.

It was with these early singles, most deeply dread in theme, that Miller established his reputation. However, Rockers' finances precluded the constant recording that the young singer craved, and thus when he was approached by Inner Circle, Miller jumped on board.

Circle already had a few singles to their credit, and had backed several singers in the past, before folding then rising anew in 1973 as a Top 40 covers band, plying their reggae-lite arrangements around the resort circuit. And then Miller arrived, creating the heaviest frontline in Jamaica's history, and some of the heftiest roots around. However, their first cut together, the seminal "Tenement Yard," was credited to the singer alone, as were many of their future numbers, causing chaos for future archivists.

It's difficult to draw a distinct line between Miller's solo career and his work with Inner Circle; for not only were many of his releases co-produced by the singer and Roger Lewis, as ABC

Productions, virtually all were backed by at least some of Circle, with the lineup enhanced by members of the Revolutionaries. However, the acid test is the arrangements. Miller preferred Rockers style, while Circle indulged in experimentation, delving into pop, soul, funk, and even disco. And while Circle notched up the bigger hits, Miller maintained his street cred with his solo offerings, which were much more consistent and often of higher quality than his work for the mothership.

Across 1975, the singer struck a deep chord with such classics as "Forward Jah Jah Children," "Tired Fe Lick Weed in a Bush," the Gussie Clarke-produced "Girl Don't Come," and "I Am a Natty" (a Joe Gibbs' produced cover of Bob Marley's "Soul Rebel"), even as Miller and Circle worked on their Trojan album Blame It on the Sun. The following year, Miller took second place at the Independence Song Festival with "All Night Till Daylight," and turned the soul masterpiece "Dock of the Bay" into a dread classic, amongst a slew of other fine releases.

Circle signed to Capital Records in 1976, unleashing Reggae Thing, and Ready for the World the following year. Miller's own solo album debut, Dread Dread, also appeared in 1978, showcasing both the lighter and heftier sides of the singer's oeuvre.

Miller and Circle were featured in the seminal film Rockers this same year, while the singer played an even more instrumental role in the One Love One Peace Concert that April. Ostensibly a celebration of the 12th anniversary of Haile Selassie's state visit to Jamaica, in the aftermath of the appalling Green Bay Massacre (where ten unarmed Skulls were gunned down by the Jamaican soldiers), the festival expanded to acknowledge the precarious peace now in place between Kingston's rival gangs.

Miller brought together on-stage Claudie Massop and Tony Welch, leaders respectively of the Tivoli and Jungle gangs, Kingston's most vociferous rivals. And while Bob Marley got the

glory, accomplishing a similar feat with the island's two fiercely rival political leaders, it was Circle that headlined the show.

Before the year was out, Miller had released two further solo albums, the crucial Killer Miller and the festive Natty Christmas. The former included a slew of classics, including "Forward Ever," "80,000 Careless Ethiopians," "Lamb's Bread Collie," and "Shaky Girl," the latter cut for Joe Gibbs. 1979's Wanted included another clutch, including such dread masterpieces as "Standing Firm," "Healing of the Nation," "Sinners," "Peace Treaty Style," and the smoky love song "I've Got the Handle."

Miller was now at the height of his powers, and with his charismatic stage presence, had even supplanted Marley as the island's most popular singer. Circle's phenomenal performance at the One Love concert brought the band a contract with the Island label, who released the hugely popular Everything Is Great, which spun off two British hit singles. Their new album, New Age Music, was already impacting abroad.

In March 1980, Miller accompanied Marley and Island head Chris Blackwell to Brazil, to celebrate the opening of the label's new offices there. Meanwhile, the rest of Circle were preparing for their forthcoming American tour in support of the Wailers. The trio returned to Jamaica on the 21st; two days later Miller was dead, killed in a car accident on Hope Road. Jamaica had lost one of the greatest singers of the age, long before his time. ~ Jo-Ann Greene, Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

Comments

wow...his music is awesome oh i love me some jacob miller
legend I n I say
edwn83
Much Love Jah Rastafari ✌️
Jacob killa milla is a legend. Nuff respect due
I love reggae rastaman forever
��
You are gone, but your music live on. It is bringing joy and feelings of happiness. I love all of it.
Jacob killer miller....
R.i.p rasta
So so sweet
FIYA!!!
Love this Song, Jacob Miller was a great artist i hate that he died too soon, i wish we would have stayed on this earth longer, R.I.P Jacob Killer Miller
Original rockers mad love
Jacob Miller left the earth too soon, but his music shows us his true sport.
100% Jamaican, he upstaged everyone at the Peace Concert R.I.P.
Rockers.....
LOVE LOVE LOVE........
it so beautiful when you have love!!
old skool soudz great!!!!!
Before making it big the Inner Circle practised in a car port inVineyard Town a suberb of Kingston ,on Antrim Road beside the Post Office.
benito2850
xlnt
gregger2001
check it...good vibes
bfoster12
Jacob "Killer" Miller was one of Jamaica's forerunner of roots
& culture music. His contribution s will live forever within our hearts Hail Jah!
stokes, don't belong to the wise, and it definitely dont' heal "no nation" and I know this. Peace to all man kind....rsc
one of my favorite artist of all time
Tunes Blessing to the Most High
vivmahoney
Jacob my childhood friend...gon e too soon R.I.P. my brother!
R.I.P KILLER MILLER
laid back........ RIP
r.i.p rasta miller internationa l rudeboy
I aint heard this in decades, IM THERE
lockher1
Gone but not forgotten my beloved brother. Ever living in ours hearts and minds, your music. There is none like you and there can and will never be another killa milla..... Blessed..
Im not as impressed with his library of studio hits as I am with his stage presentation and his local celebrity which is hard to accomplish in a crowded reggae music scene in an impovished country. He brings a smile to your face, important to have personality.
Jacob Miller is definitly a pioneering Vocalist.
( Respect Every time )
This is real top quality music from this artist that never die It always bring back memories
I love hie christmas album, I would like it in a cd but I can't find it.
Irie christams
Get a Big Stripe Ficka Lock up Rastafari! Whoa Yo, dem Get a Big Stripe Ficka Lock Up Rastafari say de man Jacob Miller of babylon harrassment of I & I bredren. Inner Circle was huge on the island, but Jamaica has so many prophets and princes and princesses. The consciousnes s and most high spirituality of the Island was a 20th Century phenomenon that continues I-tinually today- raskev
(Jacob "Killer" Miller) One of the best i know ever to grace the Reggae industry.
Sharri31 "We did not loose Miller.....H i s spirit lays inside of all who love him.....don' t you feel him now, his smile, his rhythm, his boldness, his proudness, his free spirit, his fearlessness , h i s great love......fo r people, music, family, and of course Collie Weed!!!!!!!! J a h Rasta Fari.....
irie_girl1
Jacob was "reggae" and true reggae Jacob sang - classic.
jamandi
Thank you Jah for sending Jacob to us, no matter how short it may seem. Loved every moment of it.
jacob was going to be bigger than bob marley
on this day jamaica lost the gift of a musican that will never be replace and that is jacob "killer" miller. God has him singing the morning prayer in heaven. Rannie.
Died way too young,fi real.
flexjam
ANOTHER ARTIST WI LOST WAY TOO EARLY...RIP
neale50
wow jacob miller what o voice
i dance like miller
greetings rasta love from eastman donovan hail mighty fari god and king jah Wahdadah.
i luv miller

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[93, 92, 104, 122, 111, 75, 83, 102, 87, 66, 76, 80, 68, 104, 98, 86, 106, 82, 87, 73, 74, 79, 86, 109, 64, 123, 111, 71, 118, 67, 125, 119, 88, 71, 79, 124, 80, 121, 82, 77, 109, 111, 119, 114, 124, 120, 84, 125, 106, 118, 115, 93, 87, 98, 81, 67, 121, 93, 119, 67, 99, 121, 90, 95, 109, 73, 115, 112, 95, 76, 106, 86, 113, 84, 125, 78, 111, 104, 112, 113, 127, 115, 110, 119, 117, 95, 72, 69, 73, 73, 98, 77, 100, 126, 100, 108, 104, 71, 118, 79, 74, 87, 81, 108, 119, 74, 90, 87, 80, 112, 109, 106, 120, 65, 111, 83, 88, 67, 110, 84, 96, 81, 115, 106, 80, 126, 78, 88, 113, 106, 87, 124, 81, 112, 91, 88, 66, 113, 92, 91, 75, 107, 103, 90, 71, 66, 72, 120, 98, 118, 95, 74, 80, 109, 83, 96, 109, 80, 74, 120, 114, 104, 85, 87, 109, 88, 118, 67, 88, 109, 101, 108, 87, 86, 117, 105, 110, 77, 84, 123, 79, 102, 99, 124, 74, 119, 65, 121, 91, 103, 91, 78, 65, 90, 109, 112, 127, 85, 93, 122, 75, 116, 114, 71, 97, 75, 87, 109, 80, 87, 66, 65, 127, 105, 114, 65, 93, 85, 87, 90, 113, 87, 66, 117, 117, 125, 86, 93, 80, 85, 90, 69, 84, 71, 75, 88, 74, 82, 93, 68, 121, 78, 107, 103, 103, 110, 91, 96, 83, 85, 69, 119, 124, 126, 69, 116, 76, 122, 94, 127, 92, 73, 118, 114, 95, 76, 112, 117, 65, 101, 103, 113, 64, 89, 88, 106, 83, 127, 108, 71, 89, 119, 101, 102, 103, 105, 86, 101, 118, 90, 127, 87, 124, 71, 127, 68, 109, 73, 117, 64, 111, 78, 93, 88, 106, 75, 82, 121, 90, 79, 124, 110, 66, 118, 127, 75, 74, 113, 67, 77, 111, 69, 82, 89, 66, 87, 125, 80, 109, 127, 95, 118, 69, 120, 68, 117, 99, 116, 100, 70, 94, 87, 112, 64, 84, 116, 99, 95, 97, 77, 84, 66, 69, 107, 71, 74, 73, 91, 122, 115, 93, 113, 97, 107, 77, 86, 73, 123, 113, 103, 100, 65, 125, 66, 108, 103, 117, 100, 126, 94, 99, 85, 108, 70, 100, 119, 107, 85, 112, 87, 120, 70, 109, 127, 106, 116, 111, 69, 101, 111, 73, 99, 109, 82, 79, 99, 125, 103, 93, 91, 123, 64, 83, 71, 92, 108, 81, 103, 124, 123, 66, 79, 122, 103, 102, 112, 76, 120, 108, 64, 124, 98, 92, 108, 106, 122, 88, 67, 100, 99, 102, 98, 98, 93, 93, 116, 118, 112, 117, 124, 78, 107, 89, 83, 127, 120, 80, 83, 112, 115, 80, 75, 89, 114, 121, 71, 68, 120, 69, 111, 107, 96, 105, 106, 71, 100, 118, 115, 78, 97, 70, 68, 114, 119, 93, 88, 81, 123, 105, 81, 111, 97, 100, 116, 86, 97, 116, 107, 103, 79, 87, 101, 81, 123, 117, 66, 109, 121, 76, 120, 67, 123]