Nelson Miller

Nelson Miller (12 November 1954 – 30 June 2019) was a Jamaican drummer and record producer. Miller was born and raised in Port Antonio.[1] Influenced by Lloyd Knibb, Carlton "Santa" Davis, and Mikey "Boo" Richards, he began playing in bands in Port Antonio as a teenager.[2]

Nelson Miller at SR Music Studio, Kingston, Jamaica

He has played on and produced many Burning Spear albums since the late 1970s, including the Grammy Award nominated Resistance.[3][4] He also led the band The Two Ton Machine, releasing the album Chinatown in 1985.[5]

He later recorded with Clinton Fearon of The Gladiators,[6] and in the Solid Foundation Band, working with Prezident Brown.[citation needed]

Miller unexpectedly took ill the morning of 30 June 2019 and was taken to the hospital. He died later that evening. Actual cause of death remains unknown.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Modern Drummer, Volume 7, Issues 7-12, p. 20, 1983
  2. ^ van Pelt, Carter (1995) "The Roots Is In The Rhythm" (interview), originally published in 400 Years, vol. 1, Issue 1, retrieved 2011-02-19
  3. ^ Wachtel, Amy "Burning Spear", Trouser Press, retrieved 2011-02-19
  4. ^ Gettelman, Parry (1991) "BURNING SPEAR FIRED UP ABOUT MUSIC", Orlando Sentinel, 25 October 1991, p. 11
  5. ^ "Reviews: Albums", Billboard, 23 February 1985, p. 66, retrieved 2011-02-19
  6. ^ Fearon, Catherine (2010) "Interview: Clinton Fearon Part 1 - The Gladiator Is Here", United Reggae, 2 August 2010, retrieved 2011-02-19

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  • [1] - Discography