RIP Reggae Star Junior Murvin

Junior Murvin, the Jamaican reggae star who greatly inspired the Clash, died yesterday as the result of advance stage diabetes.  He was 67.

His biggest hit was “Police and Thieves,” recorded in 1976 and then recorded by the Clash the following year on their debut album.  Untold numbers of people discovered Junior through the Clash.

Here’s his version of the song followed by the Clash’s take on it.

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