Louisa "Markswoman" Mark

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b. 1960, Shepherds Bush, London, England. Mark first ventured into showbusiness through the regular talent competitions held at the Four Aces Club in London, where she won for 10 consecutive weeks. Competitors…
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b. 1960, Shepherds Bush, London, England. Mark first ventured into showbusiness through the regular talent competitions held at the Four Aces Club in London, where she won for 10 consecutive weeks. Competitors would sing over acetates provided by Lloyd Coxsone, who, impressed with her popularity, took her into Gooseberry Studios for a recording session. The result was a cover version of the soul hit by Robert Parker, ‘Caught You In A Lie’. With backing provided by Matumbi it was an instant hit, almost breaking through into the pop charts. The second release with Coxsone was ‘All My Loving’ but it lacked the original winning formula. As Mark was only 15 years old and attending Hammersmith County School at the time, she became a celebrity among the pupils. After leaving school, further releases surfaced, including the Clement Bushay -produced ‘Keep It Like It Is’, which was later used by Trinity for his hit ‘Step It Brother Clem’. Her preference for lyrics relating to infidelity continued unabashed when she released ‘Six Sixth Street’. The song, comparable to her debut outing, was beautifully crafted and resulted in another hit. In 1980 Bushay released Markswoman, although Mark felt that the album was rush-released and improperly mixed; she did not record during the following year as a result. By 1982, she had resolved these disagreements and recorded a version of the Jones Girls’ ‘Mum And Dad’, arranged by Sly And Robbie. As one of the forerunners of lovers rock, before the phrase was inaugurated by Dennis Harris, Mark is still held in high esteem, as demonstrated by the popularity of her debut single, which is still played in dancehalls 20 years after its initial release.