Fun Facts: Shaggy

Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell)


With a commanding presence, a distinctive voice that is recognizable throughout the world and titles such as artist, businessman, philanthropist and Grammy Award winner, Shaggy is and has been a forced to be reckoned with. A son of the brambly streets of Kingston, Jamaica, his discipline-which he credits to his military background-has been the foundation of his success.

  1. He is said to have taken his stage name from his shaggy hair.
  2. Orville served as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewman in the 10th Marines during Operation Desert Storm. It was while leading marching cadences that he developed his vocal talents.

  1. Boombastic took the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album and dominated the top spot on Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart, where it held the number one slot for 30 consecutive weeks, making Boombastic the longest number one reign in the chart’s history. The title track of the album went platinum and emerged as one of 1995’s biggest hits.
  2. Shaggy soon had an appearance on NBC’s Today Show and also played himself on the soap opera All My Children.
  3. He appear in the 2004 movie Blast.
  4. Can Freestyle Draw Anything; Cartooning & Sketching currently, Likes To Paint Using ‘Pastels Oils, Acrylics’. He Won A Scholarship to Pratt Institute For Art & Design; Won Several Art & Design Competitions Through Brooklyn Union Gas (Now ‘Keyspan Energy Delivery’).
  5. He became determined to help children who needed to receive medical care in the region. At the time, Bustamante was the only full-service children’s hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean. His personal donations and support of the hospital reflected his efforts to improve conditions in the facility. He officially introduced an event designed to obtain support funds for the hospital in 2009. The “Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation” was created and sponsors the “Shaggy and Friends Benefit Concert” series, which is held at Jamaica House. The annual concert features music stars from around the world, with its proceeds going to aid the children of Bustamante Hospital. In 2012, the event raised US$370,000 for the hospital.

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