Who was/is George Faith ? - CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVD and more
George Faith was born on 6 July 1946 as Earl George Turner in Rae Town, Jamaica. As a boy he sang at parties and in church. His soul-soaked singing style was inspired by popular contemporaries from the USA like Sam Cooke or Jackie Wilson. He took his first steps as a professional with the Enchanters at the age of 16. Shortly afterwards he recorded his first barely successful single.
And then it was nearly twenty years quiet around George Earl, as he called himself at that time. Finally the legendary producer Lee 'Scratch' Perry took him under his wing and made his first recordings under his direction with Earl G. Turner. In 1977 - now known as George Faith - he worked with Perry at the famous Black Ark Studios. Finally a new version of To Be A Lover was created, now in Discomix style. The successful album of the same name helped George Faith to an international breakthrough, which soon stalled due to legal disputes over the song Opportunity. From then on he worked for a while for both Perry and Alvin Ranglin, started producing himself and returned to Ranglin in 1982. But the renewed success failed to materialize.
Even though he was never able to build on the great success of 'To Be A Lover', he still remained a fixture in Jamaica's music scene. As George Faith, he performed regularly in hotel lobbies, and from around 1990 he performed regularly in the Toronto area of Canada. He toured with Gregory Isaacs and Philip Frazier and was part of the popular 'Rock Steady Nite' shows at the Skyline Hotel.
Until he died of cancer on April 16, 2003, he performed frequently in Brazil and made recordings from time to time.
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