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Lee Scratch Perry

Lee "Scratch" Perry (born Reinford Hugh Perry, on March 1936, in Jamaica) is a Grammy award-winning reggae and dub artist, who has been highly influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music in Jamaica and overseas, and he occupies the highest level of music making.

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Lee Scratch Perry

Perry’s musical career began in the late 1950s as a sound engineer for Clement Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One and then for Joe Gibbs’s Wirl Records. In 1968, Perry formed his own label, Upsetter and worked with his studio band The Upsetters. His innovative production techniques would soon become identifiable as "reggae" (the new sound did not really have a name at this time) and his mixing board experiments resulted in the creation of dub.

During the 1970s, Perry released numerous recordings popular in both Jamaica and the UK and soon became known for his eccentric character. He built his own studio, The Black Ark, and produced notable musicians such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Junior Byles, The Heptones, The Congos, and Max Romeo. After the Black Ark burnt in 1978, Perry left Jamaica and on the late 1980s, he began working with British producers Adrian Sherwood and Mad Professor.

In 2010, he celebrated his 75th birthday touring with Max Romeo and The Congos all over Europe for the very great pleasure of all reggae fans! He's going to repeat that tour in 2012!

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