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" I Was a Shoe Maker" Junior Giscombe 2022

Junior Giscombe is a British singer, songwriter and musician born on 29 June 1957 in London, England. He first gained fame in the early 1980s with his hit single "Mama Used to Say", which reached No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Giscombe grew up in the East End of London, where he was exposed to various musical styles, including reggae, soul, and jazz. He began singing in local clubs and eventually caught the attention of record producer Bob Carter, who signed him to the Mercury label.

"Mama Used to Say" was Giscombe's breakthrough hit and remained his best-known song. The single was released in 1982 and was a top 10 hit in several countries worldwide. Giscombe followed up with several more singles and albums throughout the 1980s, including "Too Late" and "Hot Up and Heated".

In addition to his solo work, Giscombe has also collaborated with other artists, including British singer-songwriter Kim Wilde and American jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. He has also written songs for artists like George Benson and Sheena Easton.

Giscombe continued to perform and record throughout the 1990s and 2000s, although his popularity waned somewhat in the UK. However, he remains a respected figure in the music industry and has continued to release new music in recent years.

In addition to his music career, Giscombe has also worked as a radio host and television presenter. He has been a regular guest on BBC Radio 2 and has presented music programs on several UK television networks.


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