Dub Pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry Dead at 85 Years Old

Dub pioneer and reggae icon Lee “Scratch” Perry has died at 85 years old.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holmes confirmed the sad news on social media, but did not name a cause of death as of writing. “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 wrote. “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 added, “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.”

Perry’s career began in the late ’50s and released more than two dozen albums as both a solo artist and with his group, the Upsetters. He won Best Reggae Album at the 2002 GRAMMYs for Jamaican E.T., and was nominated four more times in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2014 for The End Of An American Dream, Repentance, Revelation and Back On The Controls.
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