Artist of the Day: Lee Scratch Perry / The Upsetters

posted by Matt Jarrells on 11/09/2017

November 9, 2017

Lee “Scratch” Perry was born Rainford Hugh Perry in 1936 in Kendal, Jamaica. Perry is known as a pioneer in the 1970s development of dub music, thanks to his early adoption of remixing and studio effects to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks.

Perry got his start in the 1950s, recording singles at Jamaica’s Studio One hit factory. In the late ‘60s he founded and led The Upsetters reggae band, with whom he released more than a dozen albums over the next decade.

But his place in music history was solidified as a frequent collaborator with Bob Marley and The Wailers, producing such timeless hits as “Sun Is Shining” and “African Herbman”. Perry has also collaborated with Peter Tosh, Mad Professor, Adrian Sherwood, and The Beastie Boys.

Still recording and touring, Lee Scratch Perry & The Subatomic Sound System have just released the new album Super Ape Returns To Conquer.

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