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Junior

Singer/songwriter Junior sparked the British R&B/pop invasion of the '80s with his classic "Mama Used to Say." Though Sade Loose Ends, Soul II Soul, and Billy Ocean had more hits, it's worth noting that Junior was a pioneer when he created and presented British-based R&B/pop music to audiences outside the U.K. some ten years earlier. Many of his sides can be found on the 1995 Mercury CD The Best of Junior.

Born in London, Junior Giscombe grew up listening to his older brothers' and sisters' record collection, which included the doo-wop of the Moonglows, the Dells, early Motown, Otis Redding, and the reggae music of Toots and the Maytals and Bob Marley. Though as a teenager he sang lead in a local band, music more or less remained a hobby until he chose a full-time music career after college in the mid-'70s. His inspiration was Philly soul writers Thom Bell and Linda Creed, Gene McFadden, and John Whitehead. A British independent label released his single, "Hot Up & Heated," but it was Polygram's subsidiary Phonogram that gave him his first major-label opportunity. The label was rewarded when the infectious "Mama Used to Say" became a major American hit in 1982, parked at number two R&B for two weeks and number 30 pop. His follow-up to "Mama Used to Say" was the number eight R&B smash "Too Late" and both were on his Ji album. His second album, 1983's Inside Looking Out, included "Communication Breakdown" and the popular ballad "Baby I Want You Back."

In 1984, Junior teamed with renowned producer Arif Mardin for Acquired Taste, which spawned the singles "Somebody," "Oh Louise" (Top 20 R&B), "Look What You've Done for Me," and the phat, funky "Tonight." One of his tracks, "Unison," appeared on the soundtrack for About Last Night and was a huge dance hit. That same year, Junior wrote and recorded "Do You Want My Love" for the multi-platinum soundtrack from the blockbuster Eddie Murphy movie Beverly Hills Cop. In 1987, Junior had his biggest European hit, "Another Step," a duet with Kim Wilde and just the first of a string of performances with Wilde. Towards the end of 1987, Junior completed work on his fourth and final album for Polygram, Sophisticated Street. The LP yielded the hit "Yes If You Want Me." After a period of self-evaluation, Junior began working with producer Alan Glass, Soul II Soul's Simon Law, Robbie Taylor, and Greg Smith for his 1991 MCA debut album Stand Strong. Though it wasn't a commercial success, the album's standout tracks were the title track, the jazzy "Morning Will Come," the gritty "You Can't Have What You Can't Get," and the steppers/boppers favorite, "Stop Fanning the Fire." ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Puras Charangas

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Track List: Orígenes

Disc 1

1. Vuelve A Mi Isla

2. Todo Porque Te Quiero

3. Mientras Vas Girando

4. Desde Mi Ventana

5. El Tren De Las Penas Mías

6. Tu Sombra

7. Fue Su Voz

8. El Parque

9. Es Mejor

10. Tierra, Polvo Y Luz

11. El Loco De La Colina

12. Cheek To Cheek

13. Going Where You Go

14. Son Las Tres

15. Solo Ante El Peligro

16. Guantanamera

17. Las Hojas Muertas

18. Bonely Bonela

19. Everybody Is Looking For Love

20. Bonely Bonela (Versión En Ingles)

Disc 2

1. Lady Promise

2. Too Late That Night

3. Lady Promise (Versión En Ingles)

4. Perdoname

5. The Snake

6. Excuse Me

7. En Algún Lugar

8. Killed By A Kiss

9. Oscuridad

10. Black November Day

11. Solo

12. El Amor Es Amor

13. Y Asi Es

14. See What You Can Do

15. Fui Su Amor

16. Here's That Rainy Day

17. Morning

18. Lunatic Love

19. Si No Te Amase

20. Oye Mi Corazón

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Track List: Gang Season (Explicit)

1. Gang Season

2. Today

3. You See It

4. Party Bussin'

5. Never Say Never (Feat. J Sqruipt)

6. Best Friend (Feat. Trey Songz)

7. Murda

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Track List: Twice As Nice

1. Twice As Nice

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Track List: JI (Bonus Track Edition)

1. Mama Used To Say

2. Love Dies

3. Too Late (UK Album Version)

4. Is This Love

5. Let Me Know

6. Down Down

7. I Can't Help It

8. Darling You (Don't You Know)

9. Fame

10. Mama Used To Say (British Party Mix)

11. Mama Used To Say (American Remix)

12. Mama Used To Say (American Instrumental Mix)

13. Too Late (UK Single)

14. Too Late (Alternate Version)

15. In Words

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Track List: Mama Used To Say

1. Mama Used To Say (Radio Edit)

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Track List: Uma Vez Flamengo, Sempre Flamengo

1. Hino Do Flamengo

2. Hino Rubro Negro

3. Centenário De Paixão

4. Garra, Sangue E Raça

5. Medley Das Torcidas

6. Flamengol!

7. Samba Rubro Negro

8. Pagode Do Mengão

9. Flamengo Maravilhoso/Cidade Maravilhoso

10. Eu Sou Flamengo

11. Uma Vez Flamengo

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Track List: Life By Stereo

1. Intro

2. Rock Star Feat. Flame

3. Not A Slave

4. Tonight

5. Ridaz

6. Ok

7. You Chose Me

8. When The Thrill Is Gone

9. We Need You

10. No Fear

11. Treasure (Interlude)

12. Trust In You

13. Say Yeah

14. Your World

15. Getaway

16. Words Of Life

17. Never Lose

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Track List: Life Tastes Sweeter

1. Troubled Soul

2. Bleed For Love

3. For A Dreamer

4. Life Tastes Sweeter

5. Oh My Love

6. She Whispers

7. Sensitive Emotion

8. Shadow Of Hate

9. All Of My Heart

10. Stranger

11. For A Dreamer (Acoustic)

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Track List: Jr.

1. AB

2. Pera

3. Cu Cu Cu

4. Gordita

5. Ü = Inframince

6. Sinsero

7. Bistec

8. Es Triste

9. Caramelo

10. Sol Y Árboles

11. 207

12. No

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Track List: Afriqueen Stare

1. Sometimes Goodbye

2. Afriqueen Stare

3. Stay For A While

4. Place Of Peace

5. Make It Right

6. Suzy

7. B4 U Turn 2 Run

8. A Dream Deferred

9. Landslide

10. Rhodesia Sonicosmos Parad Illuminatus

11. Shhh...

12. Maker Oh Maker

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Track List: The Best Of Junior: Mama Used To Say

1. Another Step (Closer To You)

2. Communication Breakdown

3. Do You Really (Want My Love)

4. I Can't Help It

5. Let Me Know

6. Mama Used To Say

7. Oh Louise

8. Somebody

9. Step Off

10. Then Came You

11. Too Late

12. All Over The World

13. Liquid Love

14. Me Loving You Loving Me

15. Some Hearts

16. Song C

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Track List: Songs Of Angels

1. Woman Of My Dreams

2. Mr. Placebo

3. Sistah Please

4. Maitreya

5. Depend On You

6. Pray For Rain

7. Friend

8. Love Song

9. Last Night Angels

10. Who Do You Love

11. Angelull

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Track List: Best Friend (Single) (Explicit)

1. Best Friend (Feat. Trey Songz)

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Track List: Destroy Disco / Neonizer (Single)

2. Neonizer

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Track List: The Street's Advocate

1. Street Life

2. Can't Let Go (Feat. Maaly International & Mr. Remy)

3. Bim (Feat. Shawn Jay & Mr. Remy)

4. Where They Do That At (Feat. Young Cash & Maaly International)

5. Twice As Nice (Feat. Tiana Vanae)

6. I'm Talking Money

7. Lets Make Ah Movie

8. I Feel Good (Feat. Dukwan & William Boston)

9. D-Boy Vs. Jack-Boy

10. The Streets Need Me (Feat. Big Hoss)

11. My Trap House (Feat. Maaly International)

12. Apology Letter

13. I'm Coming Back To You (Feat. D.B)

14. Fa My Hustlas (Feat. Mr. Remy)

15. Riding Dirty (Feat. Ova Dose)

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