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Shaggy


Shaggy is the name of, at least, two artists.
1, Shaggy (born October 22, 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica as Orville Richard Burrell), is a Jamaican reggae artist who takes his nickname from his shaggy hair. He is especially notable for his distinctive sub-baritone voice.

His family immigrated to the United States and they settled in the neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn, located in New York City, New York, USA.

In 1988, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served during Operation Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf War.

On his return from Iraq, he decided to pursue his music career and his first hit in 1993: “Oh Carolina”, was a dancehall re-make of a ska hit by the Folkes Brothers. The same year, Shaggy appeared on Kenny Dope’s hip hop album “The Unreleased Project”. He worked together with producers such as Sting Intl., Don One (who cut his first track), Lloyd ‘Spiderman’ Campbell and Robert Livingston. He had further big hits, including “Boombastic” in 1995.

He then had a major comeback in 2001, featuring worldwide number-one hit singles “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel,” the latter of which was built around Merrilee Rush’s 1968 hit “Angel of the Morning” (which was remade in 1981 by Juice Newton). The album Hot Shot, from which those cuts came, would hit number one on the Billboard 200.

Burrell was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of 18, he and his family moved to the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York. In 1987, he took singing courses in Brooklyn and was discovered a year later, while singing in the streets with friends.

Orville Richard Burrell CD (born October 22, 1968), best known by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican-born American reggae fusion singer and deejay. He is best known for his hit singles "Boombastic", "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel". He is said to have taken his stage name from his shagging career, especially at weddings.

His real name is Orville Richard Burrill.
He grew up in Jamaica and moved to Brooklyn, New York to start his singing career when he was 18.
He served as a Marine in the Gulf War. He used his downtime to write songs.
The name Shaggy came from his messy hairstyle, which he has since cleaned up.
When his album Hotshot hit US #1 in 2001, it was the first Reggae album to do so since Shabba Ranks in 1991.
Virgin Records dropped him in 1997 after his third album, Midnite Lover, tanked. He was later signed by MCA.
He donates money to a children's hospital in Kingston, Jamaica.

 

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