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Larry Marshall (singer)

Larry Marshall
Birth name Fitzroy Marshall
Born (1941-12-17)17 December 1941
St. Ann, Jamaica
Genres Ska, rocksteady, reggae
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, studio engineer, arranger
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1962 - present
Labels Studio One, Heartbeat
Associated acts Larry & Alvin, Larry & Enid

Larry Marshall (born Fitzroy Marshall, 17 December 1941, Lawrence Park, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica) is a reggae singer, who has recorded both as a solo artist and as part of the duos Larry & Alvin and Larry & Enid.[1][2]


Marshall was born in Lawrence Park in Saint Ann Parish in 1941. He left St. Ann in 1957 and travelled to Kingston.[3] Marshall's musical career stretches back to the early 1960s, his initial inspiration being Ben E. King.[4] Between 1962 and 1967, he had minor hits for producers such as E. Henry ("Too Young To Love"), Philip Yap ("Promise Is a Comfort to a Fool" and "Snake In The Grass"), Coxsone Dodd ("Please Stay"), and Prince Buster ("I've Got Another Girl" and "Suspicion").[1] His greatest successes came in the late 1960s when he teamed up with Alvin Leslie in the duo Larry & Alvin, recording hits for Dodd's Studio One label (where he had been working as an assistant engineer) such as the massive Jamaican hit "Nanny Goat" which is regarded as the record that began the shift from rocksteady to reggae,[2][5] followed by "Hush Up", "Your Love", and "Mean Girl".[1] "Throw Me Corn" also became a big hit in Jamaica when released in 1971.[1] Marshall also recorded as a duo with Enid Cumberland, as Larry & Enid.[2] In the early 1970s, Marshall worked for Studio One as assistant studio engineer to Sylvan Morris, writer, arranger, and dub-plate seller, and the label released a compilation of his recordings, Presenting Larry Marshall, in 1973. While at Studio One, Marshall arranged several recordings by Burning Spear, and also provided backing vocals.[6] Morris left Studio One in 1974, prompting Dodd to offer the chief engineer job to Marshall, but he declined the offer, unhappy with the wages.[3][4] After leaving Studio One in 1974, he released the 1975 single "I Admire You", followed by an album of the same name. The dub version on the b-side of the single was one of the first to be credited to King Tubby.[3] Marshall released several singles in the mid-1980s produced by Gussie Clarke, including remakes of "Throw Me Corn" and "I Admire You", and released further albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Marshall also provided backing vocals on Junior Byles' 1986 album Rasta No Pickpocket.[7]

Marshall moved to Miami, and, having not received significant financial reward for his musical career, supported himself by working on building sites. He continued to record occasionally.

Marshall is a cousin of Aston Barrett and Carlton Barrett, best known as members of the Wailers Band.[2]


  • Presenting Larry Marshall (1973) Studio One (reissued (1992) Heartbeat)
  • I Admire You (1975) Black and White/Marshall/See Me Yah (reissued (1992) Heartbeat)
  • Dance With Me Across The Floor (1988), Conqueror
  • Come Let Us Reason (1992)
  • In Jah Corn Field
  • Golden Hits (1998) Discotex
  • I Admire You In Dub (2000) Motion (with King Tubby)
  • Throw Mi Corn Original Music


  1. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998) "The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae", Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9
  2. ^ a b c d Thompson, Dave (2002) "Reggae & Caribbean Music", Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6
  3. ^ a b c Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) "The Rough Guide to Reggae, 3rd edn", Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4
  4. ^ a b Dooley, Jim (2000) "Come Let Us Reason", Small Axe
  5. ^ Campbell, Howard (2012) "Larry Marshall makes sweet Nanny Goat", Jamaica Observer, 14 September 2012, retrieved 22 September 2012
  6. ^ Creation RebelRoots Archives entry for Burning Spear's
  7. ^ Rasta No PickpocketRoots Archives entry for Junior Byles'

External links

  • Larry Marshall at Roots Archives
  • Larry Marshall at Reggae Reviews
  • Larry Marshall releases at ReggaeID
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