Junior Murvin, the reggae singer behind the 1976 hit "Police and Thieves," died today at a hospital in Portland, Jamaica, Billboard reports.
According to the Jamaica Observer, Murvin was admitted to hospital last Thursday seeking treatment for hypertension and diabetes. His age is being reported as either 64 or 67 in different sources.
Murvin was best known for his work with the legendary Jamaican producer Lee "Scratch" Perry, with whom he recorded "Police and Thieves" in 1976. The song, with its lyrics about war in the streets, was a hit in Jamaica:
All the crimes committed day by day
No one try to stop it, in anyway
All the peacemakers turn war officers
Hear what I say
One year later, the Clash covered the song for their eponymous debut album. In the 2000 documentary The Clash: Westway to the World, Clash singer Joe Strummer talked about what it was like to cover the song: "When I listen to Junior Murvin today, I think what a bold, brass neck we had to try to attempt that. By rights they should have said, 'Ya heathen, man, you ruined it! The works of Jah!' But they were hip enough to realize that we'd brought our own music to the party."