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Lansbury loves Murder She Wrote

Sunday, October 06, 2019

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In 1992 dancehall music was on a high.

Among the pieces which formed the soundtrack of the period was Murder She Wrote, a classic deejay and singer combination by Chaka Demus and Pliers, two artistes with individual careers but, who chose to collaborate on this project. The lyrics were beautifully set against the Maytals' 1966 song Bam Bam, with the title drawn from the popular American crime drama television series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective, Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on the CBS network, and was carried in Jamaica on local station JBC TV.

Lansbury, now 93, recently had the opportunity to hear the Jamaican anthem for the first time during an interview on Canadian radio station, CBC, to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the popular television show.

She was reportedly unaware of the existence of the song but seemed pleased with the result and is said to have laughed heartily once the track began playing.

“Are they… what are they? A group? ”When informed that Chaka Demus and Pliers are reggae legends, Lansbury stated,“ Oh, reggae! “Oh, I'm thrilled to be a part of reggae! Of course! ” she told the show's host, Tom Energy.

Murder She Wrote was released on Chaka Demus & Pliers' 1993 album Tease Me. It was first released as a single, reaching number 27 on the UK Singles Chart in early 1994.

Murder She Wrote, the song, remains popular worldwide. The track has been given fresh legs and has been taken to new audiences, thanks to contemporary acts such as Beyonce and Ciara using the classic with its driving bass line in their live shows.


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