A major name on the ’70s and ’80s New York scene, Garland Jeffreys made his mark as a powerful lyricist and brilliant composer, with a style bridging rock, reggae, soul and funk. Born in 1943 in New York in a cosmopolitan milieu, he spent his youth reveling in a range of influences from jazz vocal to doo wop, rhythm & blues to soul. A close associate of Lou Reed, he came up through the Manhattan folk and rock scenes and in 1969 formed his first group, Grinder's Switch, which broke up in 1970. His debut solo album (1973) brought him major critical acclaim with the underground hit Wild In The Streets, arranged by none other than Dr. John. Four years later, the album Ghost Writer saw him named Best New Artist of the Year by Rolling Stone. He continued his rise in 1979 with the album American Boy & Girl and Matador, a hit with European audiences, especially in Britain. He burst onto the American market in 1981 with the album Escape Artist, featuring Lou Reed, David Johansen and Linton Kwesi Johnson; Jeffreys has also worked with such luminaries as John Cale, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Bob Marley and Bruce Springsteen. A committed urban poet, he tackled racism on the album Don't Call Me Buckwheat in 1992. After 12 years away, he announced his return in 2011 with a new album of his own songs, The King of In Between,followed two years later by Truth Serum.