Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Byron Lee 1935 - 2008
It's been a bad year for reggae legends. By my counting, at least three have passed away. Joe Gibbs a few months back, Alton Ellis last month and now Byron Lee.
Most famous for his group The Dragonaires, formed in 1950, Lee was a veteran of Jamaican music and one of its more tireless ambassadors. As well as being a ska pioneer, Byron was also a studio owner, producer (producing a lot of The Maytals' music) record distributor and carnival organiser, actively active in his island's music scene right up to his passing away yesterday. One of the greats. RIP.
mp3: Byron Lee - Hot Reggae
mp3: Byron Lee - Frankenstein
Buy Byron Lee albums from Sounds of the Universe.