Famous reggae music producer Bunny Lee dies: South Florida Caribbean News


Bunny Lee (left), Anthony “Chips” Richards and Dave Barker

by Howard Campbell

Kingston, Jamaica – Bunny Lee, the street-smart music producer who amassed one of the biggest catalogs in reggae, died on October 6 at the age of 79.

No cause of death has been given, but Lee has had health issues in recent years.

Former auto parts salesman Edward O’Sullivan Lee hails from the marine community of Greenwich Farm in Kingston, where he launched his career in production in the late 1960s.

Many of Lee’s hit songs have been performed by artists associated with Greenwich Farm including John Holt (Stick by Me), Max Romeo (Let The fall of power over I) Johnny Clarke (None must escape judgment) and Cornel Campbell who made La Gorgone.

Lee recounted his life and times in the music business by Reggae Going International 1967-1976: The Story of Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee, a book / compact disc released in 2015.

At the time, he told the Jamaica Observer that the inaccuracies documented by “impostors” inspired him to tell the true story of reggae.

“People ask say yuh nuh because they don’t know enough and my thing is genuine. They have a whole bunch of stories where you hear people talking about reggae and dat, they don’t know anything, ”he said.

Lee owned several labels, the most famous being Striker, his nickname. It contains countless songs and albums from elite reggae artists; his music has been distributed all over the world, mainly by UK companies like Trojan Records.

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