Jamaica Has Lost A Great Pioneer of Music: the Unforgettable Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – PM Holness

Lee 'Scratch' Perry (Photo via JIS)

(Jamaica Information Service Press Release) Prime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed deep sadness at the passing of music pioneer and one of the founding fathers of Reggae, Rainford Hugh Perry affectionately known as “Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Lee “Scratch” Perry died this morning while under care at the Noel Holmes Hospital. He was 85 years old.

Perry was a pioneer in the development of dub music in the 1970s. His innovative nature led him to become one of the greatest remixing and studio effects guru; creating new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. His unique approach to recording meant that he was responsible for some of  the greatest Reggae songs including, “Dreadlocks in Moonlight”, “Curly Locks”, “City Too Hot” and “I Am A Mad Man”. He has worked with many of Jamaica’s musical greats such as Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos and many more.

Lee “Scratch” Perry has received several highly and internationally acclaimed awards such as the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album aptly titled “Jamaican E T” in 2004.

He received many other  awards and accolades for his achievements in music from various organisations. The Government of Jamaica also bestowed the sixth highest national award, the Order of Distinction, Officer class in 2012.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service

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