Marcia Aitken

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Marcia Aitken
Born c. 1962
Hannah Town, Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Lovers rock
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1975–1981
Labels Joe Gibbs

Marcia Aitken (born c. 1962, Hannah Town, West Kingston, Jamaica)[1] is a reggae singer best known for her recordings in the late 1970s, produced by Joe Gibbs along with Errol Thompson.[2]

Biography[edit]

Aitken's break into the music industry came while she was still a student at Excelsior High School - in her own words: "I was singing at a school concert, and Lloyd Parks and the We the People Band was backing us. They said they liked the sound of my voice, and I became a member of the band after that. Then I began to do recordings for Joe Gibbs".[1] She concentrated on lovers rock and recorded a popular version of the Alton Ellis song "I'm Still in Love With You" (as "I'm Still in Love with You Boy", recorded while still at Excelsior),[3] which was a number one hit in Jamaica and successful UK and US reggae charts,[3] and also formed the basis of Trinity's "Three Piece Suit" and Althea & Donna's "Uptown Top Ranking". She had another Jamaican number one single in 1978 with "My Man", a combination record with Trinity.[4] She also recorded songs by Ansel Cridland of The Meditations, including "Narrow Minded Man", a response to The Meditations' chauvinistic "Woman is Like a Shadow".[2][5] Aitken recorded a single album, Reggae Impact, produced by Gibbs and Willie Lindo.

After completing high school in 1981, Aitken retired from music and moved to Brooklyn, where she opened the Nostrand Eatery with her husband in 1985.[1] In the 2000s she studied for a degree in Business Management

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Reggae Impact (1981) Joe Gibbs

Singles[edit]

  • "Narrow Minded Man" (1975) Belmont
  • "I'm Still in Love with You Boy" (1977) Belmont JA #1
  • "Blouse and Skirt" (with Trinity)
  • "My Man" (1978) (with Trinity) JA #1
  • "Closer I Get to You" (1979) Joe Gibbs (with Ruddy Thomas)
  • "Danger in Your Eyes" (1979) Joe Gibbs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jackson, Kevin (2003) "Marcia Aitken's still in love with music", Jamaica Observer, 11 January 2003
  2. ^ a b Moskowitz, David V. (2006) Caribbean Music: an Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33158-8, p.7
  3. ^ a b Jackson, Kevin (2003) "Can I'm Still In Love With You score again?", Jamaica Observer, 21 November 2003
  4. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2003) "Male/female number one songs", Jamaica Observer, 26 September 2003
  5. ^ Walker, Klive (2005) Dubwise: Reasoning from the Reggae Underground, Insomniac Press, ISBN 978-1-894663-96-0, p.7