Marshall Jefferson

One of the original innovators in Chicago house, Marshall Jefferson had a hand in several of the music’s most influential early tracks. As a solo act, he recorded 1986’s “Move Your Body” — subtitled and unanimously acclaimed “The House Music Anthem.” Marshall Jefferson also helped record Phutures “Acid Tracks,” the first and best acid-house single. Later, amidst a wave of acid-inspired records, he grew tired of the sound and moved into a more spiritual form of music later termed deep house; along with Larry Heard, he became one of its best producers.

Several Marshal Jefferson productions not recorded under his own name, such as Hercules’ “Lost in the Groove,”Jungle Wonz’s “The Jungle,” and Kevin Irving’s “Ride the Rhythm” all became sizeable club hits. Also, he masterminded the career of the preeminent house vocal group Ten City from 1988 through 1992, and began DJing around Europe after being offered several high-profile spots in 1989. Jefferson spent much of the ’90s remixing and DJing, but did record under his own name for the 1997 album Day Of The Onion.