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Thanksgiving service planned for Count Prince Miller

CELEBRATED: Dignitaries, associates, family and friends will come together to remember Clarence "Count Prince" Miller

A THANKSGIVING Service for legendary Jamaican entertainer Clarence “Count Prince” Miller, who passed away in London recently, will be held on Tuesday, September 4, at the Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2BA, starting at 11am.

The service will be a celebration of the life of the music, stage and TV star who lost a battle with cancer on August 16, aged 84. Leading the expected list of dignitaries, associates, family and friends attending will be Jamaica’s high commissioner to the UK, Mr Seth George Ramocan.

Count Prince Miller CD had been hailed as one of Jamaica’s most popular entertainers in England from his early days as part of the Vagabonds band in the 1960s to stage and TV roles in the musical Black Heroes in The Hall Of Fame his occasional appearance as “Vince” in the popular Channel Four black sitcom Desmond’s and numerous TV commercials and short films. But it was his iconic song Mule Train which he was best known for.

POPULAR: Clarence Count Prince Miller (right) with reggae singer Pamela Maynard (centre) and saxaphonist Lascelles James (left)
Many tributes reflecting on his life have been made by fellow entertainers who had worked with him over the years. Another to express sorrow at his passing is saxophonist Lascelles James, a former Boney M band member and originator of the popular edutainment concert series the Interrupted Journey which was co-hosted by Count Prime Miller and Empress Jai.

James said: “Count Prince Miller was the ultimate professional - he could sing, dance and command the stage whenever he was asked to present shows, like he did for three years on my Interrupted Journey series. Once we had selected the title for each show, he would research the topic and introduced it to the audience so the guest presenters were able to convey their message.

“He was always there to give support and I have never heard Count Prince say no to anything he was asked to do in relation to the show. This was reflected in all the other charitable or community events I played at when he was the compere. He was a brilliant, dynamic person who was always there to help out.”

Another tribute came from veteran reggae recording artist Winston 'Mr Fix It’ Francis who knew Miller from the late 1950s in Jamaica when he was with the Downbeats.

Francis said: “Count Prince was more than a friend, he was like family. We met up again in England in the 1960s and we have worked together on many shows. I have always known him to be a gentle-man, but just a gentleman, but a really nice caring person.

“He was always helpful to others, especially charities which he would assist with compering their shows when he was asked to do so. He was not just a great entertainer, but he was also a humanitarian. If he had a job but was asked to compere at a charity event, he would turn down the paid job instead.”

Count Prince Miller’s body will be flown to Jamaica for interment.

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