Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry dies at 85

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry dies aged 85: Dub and reggae pioneer who worked with Bob Marley dies in Jamaica

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry has passed away at the age of 85.

According to local reports, the pioneering dub and reggae artist has died at Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, western Jamaica.

A cause of death has yet to be determined.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed the death in a statement, saying: “My deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of legendary record producer and singer Rainford Hugh Perry OD, affectionately known as ‘Lee Scratch Perry’.

Sad: Lee 'Scratch' Perry dies aged 85: Dub and reggae pioneer who worked with Bob Marley dies in Jamaica (Pictured in 2017)

Sad: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry dies aged 85: Dub and reggae pioneer who worked with Bob Marley dies in Jamaica (Pictured in 2017)

Add: ‘No doubt Lee Scratch Perry will always be remembered for his tremendous contribution to the music brotherhood. May his soul rest in peace.’

Rainford Hugh ‘Lee’ Perry was born in 1936 in rural Jamaica and moved to Kingston in the 1960s to take up music. He leaves behind a wife Mireille and six children.

Lee earned credit as a pioneer of reggae and dub music and helped take the sound around the world by producing groups like the Congos and Bob Marley & the Wailers.

He has also influenced many musicians over the years, including the Clash and the Beastie Boys.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed the death in a statement, saying: “My deepest condolences to the family, friends and fans of legendary record producer and singer Rainford Hugh Perry OD, affectionately known as ‘Lee Scratch Perry’ (pictured in 2018)

“All three of us are truly inspired and influenced by Lee Perry’s music and production,” says Mike D in Perry’s People Funny Boy biography. ‘

“I see it in terms of opening up really infinite possibilities of sound and music, by manipulating sounds through the mixer and using every outboard effect and every potential tape speed to achieve sounds that you could have in your head, to make that reality.” to make .”

Through his band, The Upsetters, Perry released a slew of albums showcasing his outspoken and innovative sound sampling style.

Perry was nominated for five Grammy awards throughout his career and won a trophy for Best Reggae Album in 2003, Jamaican ET (pictured in 2018)

Perry was nominated for five Grammy awards throughout his career and won a trophy for Best Reggae Album in 2003, Jamaican ET (pictured in 2018)

Perry was nominated for five Grammy awards throughout his career and won a trophy for Best Reggae Album in 2003, Jamaican ET (pictured in 2018)

“You could never touch Lee Perry – he’s the Salvador Dali of music,” Keith Richards told Rolling Stone in 2010. “He’s a mystery. The world is his instrument. You just have to listen.

‘More than a producer, he knows how to inspire the soul of the artist. Like Phil Spector, he has the gift of not only hearing sounds that come from nowhere else, but also translating those sounds to the musicians. Scratch is a shaman.’

Perry was nominated for five Grammy Awards throughout his career and won a trophy for Best Reggae Album in 2003, Jamaican E.T.

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