In what world do reggae and Angela Lansbury collide?
On CBC Radio, DJ Tom Power interviewed the 93-year-old actress, best known for the CBS series “Murder She Wrote.” Lansbury played the crime-solving mystery writer Jessica Fletcher.
Power introduced her by playing Jamaican reggae artists Chaka Demus & Pliers’ 1992 smash hit of the same name, “Murder She Wrote.” It was the first time Lansbury had heard the nearly 30-year-old track, but she seemed absolutely delighted by it.
“Oh, reggae. Oh, I’m thrilled to be part of reggae. Of course!” Lansbury giggled when asked how she felt about the tune.
The show that made Lansbury a household name ran for 12 seasons from 1984-1996. The drama series earned her four Golden Globes.
If, like Lansbury, you’ve never heard the original Chaka Demus & Pliers track, you’ve likely heard a remake. Artists like Chris Brown, Pitbull and Omarion are just some of those who have sampled the record.
This year, “Murder She Wrote” is celebrating its 35th anniversary.