Bim Sherman

(1950—2000) singer and songwriter

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b. Lloyd Jarrett Vincent, 2 February 1950, Westmoreland, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 17 November 2000, London, England. Sherman’s earliest recordings included ‘Mighty Ruler’ and ‘Ever Firm’, which appeared on the Love and Ja-Man labels in late 1976/early 1977. Around the same time, a series of singles appeared on his own Scorpio label. Because of restricted finances, he often used each rhythm track for two different songs, but his writing skills and plaintive vocals ensured that every release sounded fresh. Several Jah Stone DJ versions of his songs were also issued at this time. In 1978, eight of his Scorpio singles, together with ‘Mighty Ruler’ and ‘Ever Firm’, were compiled for Love Forever, which was released in the UK on the Tribesman label - a classic set that many argue he has never equalled. In 1979, he issued Lovers Leap which, while not hitting the heights of its predecessor, proved another consistently strong collection. A year later he was featured on one side of Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy And U Black, a minor but robust and enjoyable set. Shortly after this he settled in the UK, where he met producer Adrian Sherwood. Sherwood subsequently produced Across The Red Sea (1982), but it was not the sensation for which followers of both had hoped. Despite the inclusion of several excellent songs, the record lost many of its vocal nuances as Sherman’s words were submerged in the mix. In 1984 Love Forever was re-released as Danger, and he issued the self-produced Bim Sherman And The Voluntary, a disappointing work that met with tepid reviews. This was followed by Haunting Ground, an uneven set that did boast an excellent Sherwood-produced title track. Even though his voice could be haunting, he was let down by slight songs and uninspired accompaniments, a trend that continued on Exploitation and Too Hot. Throughout the 80s and early 90s he was a featured vocalist on the highly acclaimed, Sherwood-produced Singers And Players series of albums. Fragments of his vocals, together with some complete songs, also appeared in works by Fats Comet, Keith LeBlanc and Gary Clail. Although one of reggae’s pre-eminent roots singers of the 80s and 90s, Bim Sherman was two decades into his recording career before he made a commercial breakthrough in the UK charts. That he did so was largely owing to the continued sponsorship of Sherwood, who has always viewed Sherman as a major talent. ‘Solid As A Rock’ was taken from Miracle, an album Sherwood had passed over to Beggars Banquet Records subsidiary Mantra to secure better distribution and promotion for the artist. With a remix by dance producer Steve Osbourne, the single scaled the UK charts.


From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

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