Larry Marshall was a transformative figure in reggae music. He began recording music in the early '60s for various producers but he had his greatest success with Clement Dodd at Studio One singing as a solo artist and as part of the duo Larry and Alvin. His music was huge in the Jamaican dancehalls of the late '60s and early '70s. "Mean Girl", "Throw Me Corn", "Keep On Pushing" and "Nanny Goat" were dancehall mainstays. Perhaps more importantly though, Larry Marshall worked as a Studio One engineer and he was one of the guys coaching the musicians, throwing out melodies and bass lines for the artist to jam on. He didn't play an instrument. He would hear the riddims in his head and sing them to the musicians like "Bassy mon play this!" Many foundation reggae bass lines arose in Larry Marshalls mind. Lord only knows how many songs have been sung to the "Throw Me Corn" riddim. His song Nanny Goat is regarded by many as the record that initiated the transition from rocksteady to reggae. It is claimed in fact that Larry Marshall is the person who came up with the term "reggae." "Reggae" he said, is how his mother used to say the word "regular." Reggae music.. Regular music.. Could be... But as with all things reggae who knows.
Wikipedia says that in 1974 Clement Dodd offered Larry Marshall the head engineer job at Studio One but that Marshall declined the offer and left Studio One to begin releasing music as a solo artist. He released the singles "I Admire You" and "Can't You Understand" on Carl Pitterson's Black and White label both of which had dub versions by King Tubby (included here). Later Marshall split with Pitterson and set up his own "Amanda" label. In 1975 Larry Marshall completed his self-produced album "I Admire You" and released a limited number of copies in Jamaica and the United Kingdom on the Java label. During the period of 1974 to 1985 Discogs lists 36 singles released by Larry Marshall.
I myself became aware of Larry Marshall when I bought the CD of "I Admire You."
If you don't own this CD you pretty much have to get it.