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Max Romeo (born Maxwell Livingston Smith, 22 November 1947, St. D'Acre, St. James, Jamaica is a reggae and roots reggae recording artist who has achieved chart success in his home country, and in the United Kingdom. At the time of release of his infamous "Wet Dream" in 1968, Romeo had already had several hits with the vocal trio the Emotions. Romeo left home at the age of 14 and worked on a sugar plantation outside Clarendon. In 1965 he joined up with Kenneth Knight and Lloyd Shakespeare in The Emotions, whilst also working as a record plugger for Ken Lack's Caltone label. The group were unsuccessful in auditions for other producers, but Lack offered them an audition after overhearing Smith singing to himself while working. In 1966, the group had their first hit, with the Lack-produced "(Buy You) A Rainbow". The Emotions went on to release several hit singles and by 1968, the singer, by that point known as Max Romeo, launched a solo career.  Romeo returned to The Emotions, now recording for Phil Pratt, and founded a new band, The Upsetters.1968 saw the breakthrough in Romeo's career, when he wrote "Wet Dream", a song that became a massive hit in Jamaica. The track was banned by the BBC Radio in the UK due to its overly sexual lyrics, although the singer claimed that it was about a leaking roof. Nevertheless, "Wet Dream" became a Top 10 hit in the UK. A number of follow-up singles in a similar vein was released in 1969: "Belly Woman", "Wine Her Goosie" and "Mini-Skirt Vision", as well as Max Romeo's debut LP, A Dream. A UK tour also met with Romeo being banned from performing at several venues.

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