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Tributes pour in for reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

JAMAICAN reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry died on Sunday at the age of 85.

He passed away at the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Jamaica.

Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness tweeted of the artist’s passing: “My deep condolences to the family, friends, and fans of legendary record producer and singer, Rainford Hugh Perry OD, affectionately known as ‘Lee Scratch‘ Perry.”

He continued: “Perry was a pioneer in the 1970s’ development of dub music with his early adoption of studio effects to create new instrumentals of existing reggae tracks.

“He has worked with and produced for various artistes, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Congos, Adrian Sherwood, the Beastie Boys, and many others.

“Undoubtedly, Lee Scratch Perry will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music fraternity. May his soul Rest In Peace.”

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  • SCRATCH OWNED HIS OWN RECORD LABEL

    Lee also owned his own record label, Upsetter, which he formed in 1968.

    The artist spoke to the Guardian about his music on his 80th birthday, saying: “Music is magic. If you have good music you have good magic. If you have good magic you will be followed by good people.”

  • GRAMMY FOR BEST REGGAE ALBUM

    During his career, Lee won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2002 and went on to earn four more nominations, all in the same category. 

    He put out countless albums over the last 50 years – solo, with his studio band The Upsetters, as well as with other artists and groups.

    Most recently, he released the album Dubz of the Root earlier this year.

    Lee’s latest song, No Bloody Friends, came out just a couple of weeks prior to his death.

  • ‘PERRY WAS A PIONEER’

    Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness tweeted of the artist’s passing: “My deep condolences to the family, friends, and fans of legendary record producer and singer, Rainford Hugh Perry OD, affectionately known as ‘Lee Scratch‘ Perry.”

    He continued: “Perry was a pioneer in the 1970s’ development of dub music with his early adoption of studio effects to create new instrumentals of existing reggae tracks.

    “He has worked with and produced for various artistes, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Congos, Adrian Sherwood, the Beastie Boys, and many others.

    “Undoubtedly, Lee Scratch Perry will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music fraternity. May his soul Rest In Peace.”

  • WHERE DID SCRATCH DIE?

    He passed away at the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Jamaica.



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