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Lee 'Scratch' Perry, reggae legend and dub pioneer, has died aged 85


“You could never put your finger on Lee Perry – he’s the Salvador Dali of music.” — Keith Richards

The legendary reggae icon and pioneering dub musician, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, has died aged 85. The singer was known as an influential figure in music for the best part of the last century and created some of the richest veins of creativity in history.

A noted production wizard, the artist wasn’t just a pivotal figure in dub and reggae but also, thanks to his wide appeal, the worlds of hip hop, rock and roll and EDM have all felt his imprint. The powerful performer’s presence is so huge that his death was announced by the Prime Minister of Jamaica.

As reported by The Jamaican Observer, Perry died on Sunday at the Noel Holmes Hospital in the western region of Jamaica. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, tweeted Sunday: “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 has worked with and produced for various artistes,” the Prime Minister continued, “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.”

Listen to his iconic reggae anthem ‘Bionic Rat’.