Orville Richard Burrell, best known by his stage name SHAGGY, nicknamed after the Scooby-Doo character was born in Kingston, Jamaica.
At the age of 18, he and his family moved to the flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York..where he started singing in the streets with friends, took singing lesson and soon began performing with the local Jamaican-style Gibraltar Musik.
Shaggy was discovered a year later and cut his first single, at age 20 for producer Don One’s own small label. He began recording music, but due to financial reasons, Shaggy enlisted in the Military but continued to pursue music in his free time, and often made weekend drives back to New York for recording sessions.
His first hit was a cover of the Folkes Brothers’ ska hit “Oh Carolina”. It was was only expected be another local hit, but thanks to some overseas promotion, it was picked up for release in the U.K. and was an instant smash.
However, Shaggy still had obligations to the military, and his budding career was interrupted by Operation Desert Storm in 1991; he was sent to Kuwait for a five-month tour of duty. That is where Shaggy perfected his signature singing voice and it is also where he got the inspiration for his song “Boombastic”.
He released his Sophomore album BOOMBASTIC , it went platinum and won a Grammy Award in 1996 for Best Reggae Album.
He continued to release more music but his biggest success came in 2000, when he released his fourth album HOTSHOT which went Diamond worldwide and Platinum 6 times in the United States.
Shaggy continues to release music and tours worldwide today.
Today We Salute and wish a Happy Birthday to Mr. Luva Luva, Shaggy!