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    Garland Jeffreys (born 1943 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer songwriter of African-American and Puerto Rican ancestry. His music is a unique blend of rock and roll, reggae, blues and soul.

    Jeffreys majored in art history at Syracuse University where he met Lou Reed before The Velvet Underground became active. In 1966, he began to play in Manhattan nightclubs, including Reno Sweeney where he worked on a unique set with a rag doll named Ramon. Grinder's Switch, a band he formed in 1969, released one album before breaking up in 1970. Jeffreys played guitar on John Cale's 1969 debut solo album Vintage Violence and contributed the song "Fairweather Friend."

    In 1973, he released his first solo album, Garland Jeffreys, on Atlantic Records. Around the same time Atlantic also released a 45 RPM single of a song called "Wild in the Streets" that was not included on the LP. The track received airplay on progressive FM album-oriented rock stations and has become one of his best-known songs. Later, in 1977 when Garland recorded his Ghost Writer album for A&M Records, the Atlantic Records version of "Wild In The Streets" was included on side two. The song has been covered by numerous artists including punk pioneers The Circle Jerks. Ghost Writer brought Jeffreys wide acclaim and he was voted best new artist that year by Rolling Stone. He still has the red, faux-varsity letter sweater they gave him. It's in storage.

    Jeffreys is featured in the 2003 documentary The Soul of a Man, directed by Wim Wenders as the fourth installment of the documentary film series The Blues produced by Martin Scorsese. The film explores the musical careers of blues musicians Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J. B. Lenoir. Garland performs a haunting version of James' "Washington DC Hospital Blues."

    He has a 14-year-old daughter named Savannah Jeffreys who is an aspiring singer-songwriter as well, who has many YouTube videos of her own songs. Altogether, her songs have over 60,000 views.

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