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    b. 6 April 1950, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Coore’s father was Jamaica’s Minister of Finance under Michael Manley’s government and as his career progressed he assumed the role of deputy Prime Minister. Coore Jnr.’s mother played the cello in the Jamaican Youth Orchestra and also taught music, which led to allegations in the media of partiality. Addressing the issue in the liner-notes of Third World Reggae Greats, Coore asserted ‘Sure I was Mr So-and-So’s son from across the gully but it didn’t make any difference’. Coore trained at the Kingston-based Forster Davis School of Music and in the mid-60s formed the Alley Cats with Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper. Coore also garnered solo and group experience playing on the tourist circuit in the Jamaican north coast. In 1969, Cooper and Coore joined Inner Circle, which led to an association with Irvin ‘Carrot’ Jarrett who persuaded them to form their own band. In 1973, the duo established Third World. Coore wooed the crowds at various Sunsplash festivals where he blended pseudo classical cello playing with hardcore rhythms. In addition to his Third World commitments, by the mid-90s, Coore pursued other musical interests and recorded his diverse solo debut, Uptown Rebel. The album was a showcase of his musical talent and featured a journey through the history of Jamaican music. Notable tracks include, ‘Uptown Rebel’, ‘Dancehall Animal’, ‘Tricks Of The Trade’, ‘Symphony Rastafari’, and ‘Chip On Them Shoulder’. Coore also worked alongside Bunny Rugs in his solo projects as well as with the new Third World line-up that featured newcomers Tony Williams, Leroy Romans and Rupert Bent Jnr. Coore was also enrolled to perform, ‘Sleep Walk’ on Sly And Robbie’s 1997 celebrity-packed album, Friends. While Coore is not noted for his work away from Third World he assured his place in the reggae hall of fame when he demonstrated that classical training could be mixed with a heavy bass line.

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