Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Legendary Jamaican Producer & Dub Pioneer, Dies at 85

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Lee “Scratch” Perry, the legendary Jamaican producer and a pioneer of dub, has died. He was 85.

Perry, whose pioneering accomplishments made him of of reggae’s most eccentric producer-vocalist, died Sunday (Aug. 29) at the Noel Holmes Hospital in western Jamaica, according to the Jamaican Observer. A cause of death was not provided at press time.

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed the news in a tweet on 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,” Holness wrote. “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.”

A native of Kendal, Jamaica, Perry made his mark on reggae music in the late 1960s and ’70s with his Upsetter label and later won a Grammy for best reggae album in 2003 for “Jamaican E.T.”

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