b. c.1966, Alabama, USA, but raised in Chicago, Illinois. Polo sang in gospel choirs as a boy, before becoming a musician in his teens around the local circuit. His first recorded outing was ‘Libra Libra’ in 1985 on Chicago Collection. His breakthrough hit, ‘Shake Your Body’, also emerged on that label, but the artist later complained bitterly that no royalties were forthcoming. Consequently Polo moved to the UK to join Champion Records, but this led to the break up of Polo’s original Libra Libra group. 1989 brought another genre classic in ‘Free Yourself’/‘Better Days’, released on Urban Records in the UK, and played keyboards for Soul II Soul. He also immersed himself in the UK’s nascent acid/rave scene, alongside flatmate Adamski, who dedicated his 1990 hit album to Polo (they also recorded together on the 1992 single, ‘Never Goin’ Down’). The same year he signed to Perfecto Records for the soul-influenced ‘Express Yourself’, and released his first album.
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