Reggae vet Pluto Shervington has died

by Jan 21, 2024News

Reggae vet Pluto Shervington has died
Pluto Shervington, born Leighton Shervington, died after being admitted to hospital in Miami, Florida on Friday morning, January 20th, at age 73. Born on 13 August 1950, in Kingston, Jamaica, Pluto Shervington was a gifted reggae musician, vocalist, engineer, and producer. He gained his first experience when he started singing with Tomorrow’s Children. In 1967, Federal Records released their debut single, a rocksteady version of Cher‘s 1966 hit Bang! Bang!.

In the early ’70s, his stint with Tomorrow’s Children came to an end as the group was disbanded. Pluto Shervington embarked on a solo career and released the Lloyd Charmers produced Boogie Bump and Here And Now as well as renditions of The Heptones’ Book Of Rules and Al Green‘s Here I Am (Come And Take Me) with which he aimed at an international audience. But before Pluto enjoyed his first taste of crossover success, he originally scored as a producer with the 1975 festival song winner, Roman Stewart’s Hooray Festival. The year before, Pluto Shervington had scored a local hit with his single based on a traditional Jamaican folk song, Ram Goat Liver. The singer maintained his popularity with another chart-topper, I Man Born Ya. In the same recording session, he had also recorded Dat. That song became his biggest commercial break, hitting the No.6 spot on the UK pop chart in February 1976. Further recordings from this period covered a diversity of subjects alongside a series of cover versions.

Although afterward little was heard of Pluto internationally, he continued recording locally and in 1982 returned to the global stage with a re-release of his single Your Honour, which peaked at No.19 in the UK pop chart. When Pluto Shervington moved to Miami, he performed regularly with his band, Pluto & Co. In addition to his work as a singer, Shervington gained a reputation as a talented bass guitarist, producer, and as a recording engineer, notably engineering Little Roy’s 1974 album, Tafari Earth Uprising.

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