Pluto Shervington

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Pluto Shervington
Birth name Leighton Shervington
Born (1950-08-13) 13 August 1950 (age 63)
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Occupations Singer, musician, engineer, producer
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar
Years active 1970–present
Labels Opal, Trojan Records, KR Records

Pluto Shervington, also known as Pluto (born Leighton Shervington, 13 August 1950,[1] Kingston, Jamaica), is a reggae musician, singer, engineer and producer.

Career[edit]

Shervington began his career in the early 1970s as a member of the showband Tomorrow's Children.[2] Inspired by the success of Ernie Smith's "Duppy or a Gunman" and Tinga Stewart's "Play de Music", both delivered in heavy patois, he recorded "Ram Goat Liver" in a similar style.[2] The follow-up single, "Dat" - about a Rastafarian with a secret liking for pork, contrary to his faith - achieved considerable chart success internationally in 1976, reaching the number 6 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] Trojan Records capitalized on this success by reissuing his first single, which peaked just outside the top 40 in the UK.[2][1]

Shervington moved to Miami, Florida, in the early 1980s. He continued to reoord, and reached the UK top 20 again when "Your Honour" originally recorded in 1975[3] but never previously released, was re-issued in early 1982 together with a new recording "No Honour Among Tiefs" . Shervington often performs live in Miami, and periodically returns to his homeland for performances. As of 2007 he plays solo at Bahama Breeze in Kendall, Florida, and every other Sunday at Black Point Marina in Cutler Bay with a five piece band. Pluto appeared at the St. Kitts Music Festival on Friday 22 June 2007, sharing the bill with Steel Pulse and Sean Paul, among others.[4]

In addition to his work as a singer, Shervington gained a reputation as a talented bass guitarist, and as a recording engineer, notably engineering Little Roy's 1974 album, Tafari Earth Uprising.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Ram Goat - (Wildflower 1974)
  • Pluto - (Wildflower 1975)
  • Pluto - (Opal 1976) different titles from previous LP
  • Greatest Reggae Hits - (Wildflower 197x)
  • Ire Mas Rockers Carnival - (Top Ranking 1981)
  • Reggae Fever - (Buck Ram records 1982)
  • Pluto Again - (KR 1982)
  • Best of Pluto Shervington Volume 1 - (K&K)
  • Best of Pluto Shervington Volume 2 - (K&K)
  • Best of Pluto - (Rhino 1998)
  • Pure Gold - (Pluto Vibes 2004)
  • Dat: The Best of Pluto Shervington - (Trojan 2004)
  • Second Wind - (2009)[6][5]

Singles[edit]

  • "Dat" - (1975) - UK Number 6
  • "Ram Goat Liver" - (1976) - UK Number 43
  • "Your Honour" - (1982) - UK Number 19[7]

See also[edit]

List of reggae musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pluto Shervington | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998), The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9
  3. ^ "KR - UK - Gallery". 45cat.com. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Entertainment". SKNVibes. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Artist : Pluto Shervington". Roots Archives. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  6. ^ "Second Wind - Pluto Shervington | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 496. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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