Born in Wandsworth, England, Junior Giscombe was one of the pioneers of modern UK soul and pop music. He is best known for his breakthrough solo hit “Mama Used To Say”, which reached the UK Top 10 and Billboard Top 30 in 1982 and propelled him to that year’s Billboard ‘Best Newcomer’ award, presented to him by the iconic James Brown. Shortly afterwards, Junior’s 1982 follow-up release “Too Late” earned him another UK Top 20 hit and he received further international recognition when his track “Do You Really Want My Love” was included in the soundtrack of 1984’s highest-grossing film, Beverley Hills Cop.
Junior has been a prolific songwriter for other artists such as Sheena Easton and Phil Lynott and perhaps most notably collaborated on The Lighthouse Family’s debut album ‘Ocean Drive’. The album went on to sell over 5 million copies worldwide and spent 175 weeks on the UK chart. Junior was also one of the creative forces behind his nephew Richard Blackwood’s musical career, which in 2000 yielded several UK chart hits in the form of “Mama – Who Da Man” (UK #3), “126.96.36.199 Get With The Wicked” (UK #10) and “Someone There For Me” (UK #23).
Stay tuned for Junior’s tenth album, ‘EveryTing Set’, released this summer.
Listen to Beverly Knight’s cover of “Mama Used To Say”…