Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Death : Obituary,
Performer and producer who worked with Bob Marley dies in Hospital in Jamaica at the age of 85. According to Jamaican media Perry died in hospital in Lucea, northern Jamaica. His cause of death is yet to be released publicly.
Perry was a comprehensive Jamaican producer, performer and songwriter who pioneered reggae music far beyond.
Perry developed dub music in the 70s with his early adoption of studio effect, where he created new instrumentals with existing reggae track.
He worked and produced with varieties of artistes, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, the Congos, Adrian Sherwood, the Beastie Boys, and many others.
As a performer, he won the Grammy in 2003 for the best reggae album in 2003 for his work “Jamaican E.T.” Keith Richards described Perry as the Salvador Dali of music. “You could never put your finger on Lee Perry. He is a mystery.”
Perry’s most productive creation came in 1970, when he reconciled with the trio he worked with at Studio One: the Wailers. On their sessions he produced for Perry’s Upsetter imprint, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer hardened their sound.
He demise was confirmed in a tweet from Andrew Holness a Jamaican prime minister.
Holness tweeted: “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.”
In 1936, the ‘legendary’ Perry was born in the Hanover parish of north-west Jamaica. He once said “There was nothing to do except field work, so I started playing dominoes and learned to read the minds of others.” In 1965, He earned his nickname ‘Scratch’ from an early recording, The Chicken Scratch.
Perry was hired by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd as an assistant head of reggae studio and label Studio One. He was a store manager, DJ and a talent scout and finally becomes a recording artist.
The renowned ‘Black Ark’ studio was built by Perry as his own fabled studio in 1974. He had a lot of creative to enhance recordings like, firing of guns, breaking of glass, sampling animal noises, and so on…
“I see the studio must be like a living thing, a life itself,” he once said. “The machine must be live and intelligent. Then I put my mind into the machine and the machine perform reality.”
Lloyd Bradley wrote, “Unfettered by time or expense, Lee Perry could literally do what he liked, and his almost perpetual rhythm-building, tune deconstructing or extending of an original idea often went way past the point at which logic tells most people to stop, into a place where the instrumentation took on ethereal qualities.” following his Bass Culture.
In 1978, Perry was however showing signs of serious mental vulnerability, some of it kindled by the heavy intake of potent ganja and white rum.
Tributes was paid to Perry by fans, followers and friends via social media platforms.
Reggae DJ David Rodigan, said: “The world of music has lost one of its most enigmatic creators; an amazing, incomparable phenomenon whose sonic sound waves transformed our lives”. Novelist Hari Kunzru described him as “one of the greatest artists in any medium of the last 50 years. Much of our lives (whether we know it or not) are lived in sound worlds he created”. Producer Flying Lotus wished him a “blessed journey into the infinite.”
Musicians from many genres across the world quickly began contemplating on Perry’s importance. “Few more important figures in the music of the 20th century,” tweeted the band the Mountain Goats. “He expanded the vocabulary of studio sound, lived a long life & leaves a lasting legacy. Play his music for your kids, see how instantly they love it. It’s universal. Safe travels home to God.”