Born: Nov 22, 1944
St. Ann | Jamaica
Max Romeo (born Maxwell Livingston Smith) was responsible for launching an entirely new sub-genre of reggae,
whose overtly suggestive lyrics caused an outcry but took a massive hold of the music scene regardless.The song ‘Wet Dream’ became an instant smash in Jamaica. Romeo had garnered a string of sweet hits with the vocal trio The Emotions. In the first half of the 70′s
Romeo recorded several impressive tunes with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and achieved international attention and approval when Island Records subsequently issued ‘War Inna Babylon’, his best-selling album to date. The singer established himself as one of the most important figures in the roots scene. Romeo has continued touring
and recording, while compilations of his older material now litter the landscape. The singer’s prolific output for so many different labels and producers, and his widely varied styles, has made his
career a minefield for collectors and compilers alike.