He is said to have died on Sunday morning (August 29) at Noel Holmes Hospital in western Jamaica after battling the disease. Born Rainford Hugh Perry in March 1936, he was 85 years old.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has confirmed his death.
“My sincere 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 in a tweet this morning. “Without a doubt, Lee Scratch Perry will always be remembered for his remarkable contribution to the musical fraternity. That his soul rests in peace. “
My sincere condolences to the family, friends and fans of legendary record producer and singer Rainford Hugh Perry OD, affectionately known as “Lee Scratch” Perry. pic.twitter.com/Eec2MEd6yC
– Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) August 29, 2021
In December 2020, the Upsetta had announced that he would return to Jamaica for, among other things, establish an off-grid community, to allow him to get away from what he described as “this Babylonian madness” in Switzerland, where he lived for several years. He made his return to the island in January 2021, and revealed that he needed Jamaica’s sun, that Switzerland was now “too cold” and that “the energy was not there. -you “.
The Grammy winner, considered one of the most important creative, artistic and musical figures of the second half of the 1900s, is revered across Europe, where he was constantly booked for tours.
The owner of Black ark Studio, who was a huge fan of Alkaline and Vybz Kartel, has produced over 1000 recordings during his career. These include some of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ best early recordings such as the Soul Rebel and Soul revolution albums as well as Small Ax, Duppy Conqueror, Jah Live, Punky Reggae Party, and Rastaman en direct simple.
He has worked and produced for a wide variety of other artists, including Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo, the Beastie Boys and the Orb.
The native of Kendal, Hanover, was also a pioneer in rhythm creation strategies, including recording garden tools for rhythms. He would also bury microphones under trees to get different sounds and blow ganja smoke on the tapes and even turn the tapes upside down.
In December 2019, he released his Heavy rain album, a 12-track compilation that debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums Charts. The compilation was his first number one album in his 60-year career and also made him the record holder as the oldest artist to top the charts.
The I’m a crazy person also artist won a Reggae Grammy Award in 2002 for the album, AND Jamaican., and has been nominated on four other occasions; in 2014 for Feedback on controls; Revelation in 2010; Repentance in 2008 and The End of an American Dream in 2007.
He was sought after by several fashion brands to model their clothes in the Golden Age, among them the Italian fashion house Gucci for which he represented last year. In May 2019, he also featured as a model in Adidas Originals DON’T ASSUME campaign and in 2010 collaborated with Supreme on two t-shirt designs featuring his original writings and artwork.
He was also the recipient of a Jamaican national honor, the Order of Distinction in Officer Rank.