Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, a reggae artist who collaborated with Bob Marley, has died at the age of 85.
LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY died today in the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Jamaica, at the age of 85.
Although the cause of death for Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry has not been established, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the artist’s death on Twitter. “My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and fans of iconic record producer and singer, Rainford Hugh Perry OD, affectionately known as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry,” he wrote on Twitter.
“With his early usage of studio effects to make new instrumentals of existing reggae tunes, Perry was a pioneer in the development of dub music in the 1970s,” he stated.
“Among the musicians with whom he has collaborated and produced are Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Congos, Adrian Sherwood, the Beastie Boys, and many others.
“Without a doubt, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry will be recognized for his outstanding contributions to the music industry. May his spirit find eternal rest.”
Lee won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2002 and received four more nominations in the same category over the course of his career.
Over the previous 50 years, he has released numerous albums, both solo and with his studio band The Upsetters, as well as collaborations with other artists and groups.
He recently released the album Dubz Of The Root, which was released earlier this year.
Lee’s most recent song, No B**dy Friends, was released just a few weeks before his death.
Upsetter, which he founded in 1968, was his own record label.
On his 80th birthday, the musician told the Guardian about his music, adding, “Music is amazing.” You can’t have excellent magic without good music. If you have excellent magic, nice people will follow you.”
Lee played on some of Bob Marley And The Wailers’ best early recordings, including the Soul Rebel and Soul Revolution albums, as well as the Small Axe, Duppy Conqueror, Jah Live, Punky Reggae Party, and Rastaman Live Up singles, in the early years of his career.
“Scratch aided my father in gaining a better understanding of himself… Perry’s work with his father “was important in my father’s career,” Ziggy Marley remarked.
Throughout his career, Lee produced over 1000 tracks and collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including the Beastie Boys, Junior Murvin, the Congos, the Orb, and Max Romeo.
The singer was married to Mireille Perry, with whom he had two daughters. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”