Jamaican soul of reggae Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry dies aged 85

Written by on August 30, 2021

 Legendary Jamaican singer and music producer Lee “Scratch” Perry has died at the age of 85.

He died in hospital in Lucea, north-west Jamaica.

Perry is known for his pioneering experiments in dub, which revolutionised not only reggae, but also hip hop, dance and other genres.

Perry was born in rural Jamaica in 1936 ,started his music career in the 1950s as an assistant at a reggae music label, before moving up to becoming a recording artist with the same label.

Perry went on to work with a number of fellow music legends, including Bob Marley and the Beastie Boys.

He also won a Grammy in 2002, was nominated four other times – in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2014 – and received a Jamaican national honour, the Order of Distinction

Similarly, Ed Asner, best-known for playing fictional TV newsman Lou Grant, has died aged 91.

The actor, whose roles also included voicing the lead in the Pixar film Up, passed away “peacefully” on Sunday morning.

The character Lou Grant was first introduced as Mary Richards’s boss on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s.


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