Veteran Jamaican music producer Bunny “Striker” Lee died in a Kingston hospital last week of kidney failure, aged 79.
Born Edward O'Sullivan Lee, he started in the music business pushing songs at dances by Duke Reid and Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd. He worked with all the reggae greats throughout his long career.
In his early career, Lee produced a number of reggae hits that included Conversation (The Uniques), Everybody Needs Love (Slim Smith), Smooth Operator, Better Must Come (Delroy Wilson) and Stick By Me (John Holt).
That mellow sound evolved as the rebellious '70s dawned. Lee embraced the volatile times by producing hard-hitting songs by Rastafarian artistes.
Max Romeo's Let The Power Fall, Johnny Clarke's None Shall Escape The Judgement, and The Gorgon by Cornel Campbell, are some of the songs produced during that period.
In 2008, he was awarded the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) by the Jamaican government for his contribution to the development of the country's music.
In 2013 a biopic was released, ‘I Am The Gorgon – Bunny 'Striker' Lee and the Roots of Reggae’ featuring U Roy, Dennis Alcapone, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sly and Robbie, Johnny Clarke, John Holt and many more.
Lee had one son, Errol, who runs a non-profit organisation, Caring Kids' Concerts, which mentors young people using music.
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