October 6th will go down as one of the saddest days for reggae music fans all over the world. This is after two reggae legends made their final curtain call.
The two legends are John Lester Nash Jr. Popularly known as Johnny Nash, known for his ultimate hit, ‘I can see clearly now’ and’ Rock me baby’and Producer and song writer, Edward O’Sullivan Lee aka Bunny stricker Lee .
Bunny Lee was a seasoned producer whose record labels include Jackpot, Thirdworld and Lee’s stricker Lee.
Bunny who died at the age of 79 started off as a record plugger and eventually became a sound engineer and producer.
He was the first person to produce Beenie Man on his first album in 1983, when Beenie was only ten years old.
Bunny had been suffering from kidney problems for some months and died from “respiratory failure” according to Annette Wong-Lee, mother to four of his children. He will be remembered for mentoring young musicians.
Bunny is survived by a wife and four children.
80 year old Johnny Nash, was among the first non Jamaican artists who recorded in Jamaica, and he started singing at the age of 13.
Nash died of natural causes in Houston on October 6, 2020, after a period of failing health.
Johnny worked on musical compilations with numerous reggae artists and had 17 albums to his name.
Johnny who was also an actor will be remembered for hits like Tears from pillow, which reached number one in the UK chats in 1975 for one year, Rock me baby, and in 1971 Nash scored another UK hit with his cover of Marley’s ‘stir it up’.
The two legends will forever live through their music and may their souls rest in eternal power.