Lee Scratch Perry ‘Upsetting’ Reggae Fans From Day One
If you are a reggae music lover, there is a high likelihood that you have heard the name Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. The loveable, eccentric artist and music producer was one of the early pioneers of reggae music and is known as much for his eccentric dress style, as he is his incomparable music production. He is definitely a trend-setter and innovator who has challenged the norm from the day he set foot on the music scene. Throughout his winding journey in the industry, his music has left an indelible mark. You may know his music, but there are quite a few interesting facts about the icon that often slips attention. Check them out below:
- Perry started off his musical career as a handyman and then a janitor at different music studios. The shrewd musician, used this unconventional access as a way to open break down barriers to the often inpenetratable music industry until eventually he was writing songs. There is a lesson there…do what you can until you can do what you want.
- Perry’s journey eventually led him to forge a working relationship with Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, who was the founder of Studio One. It was one of the influential recording studios that gave cultural icon, Bob Marley, the start in his musical career.
- Perry eventually went on to start his own label aptly entitled ‘Upsetter’.
- Perry was the first producer to ever appear as an artist on an album cover
- The first single that came out of the ‘Upsetter’ studio had an innovative sound with the early use of ‘samples.’ The song was entitled ‘ People Funny Boy’ and became a success in Jamaica and helped pave the way for even more sales with his next release, Return Of Django, in 1969.
- Perry has worked with several legends in the Jamaican music industry including of course Bob Marley & The Wailers, as well as, Junior Byles, Max Romeo, the Heptones, Gregory Isaacs, Junior Murvin, and The Clash
- Perry continued to climb his way to success on the musical ladder and eventually became so renowned as a producer that he worked with several non-reggae artists, such as Paul McCartney and the Beastie Boys.
- Perry eventually left Jamaica after Bob Marley passed away. He moved first to England and then relocated to Switzerland and eventually began to make music again.
After eight decades on this earth and almost as much in the music, industry, Perry shows no signs of slowing down.
We salute you Mr. Perry and thank you for your contribution!
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