Feb. 14, 1977, was the greatest Valentine’s Day of Junior Marvin’s life. The Jamaican-born guitarist, who headlines Reggae Night at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre on Friday, was living in London and had an appointment that day with Chris Blackwell, the head of Island Records.
Before he left his apartment, his telephone rang. It was Stevie Wonder. Wonder’s guitarist was leaving and had recommended Marvin as a replacement, so the American R&B star was offering Marvin the job. Marvin begged for a few hours to think about it and rushed off to his appointment with Blackwell.
Blackwell took him into an apartment in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood; sitting with his back turned was a man in long dreadlocks. Read more