Lee Scratch Perry
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Lee 'Scratch' Perry, born in Kingston in 1939, graduated from being a 'selecter' on the Downbeat sound system and a 'fetcher' for Coxsone Dodd to a far more formidable figure following a notoriously acrimonious split with Dodd. Bob Marley would drop into Perry's shop, Upsetter Records, on Charles Street to check out this extrovert figure who delighted in word-play. Some people have attributed the birth of reggae to Scratch alone after he started dabbling with a music pace that made you feel, he said, as though you were stepping in glue. He had an international hit in 1969 with 'Return Of Django' by The Upsetters, his house band. The Upsetters, formerly known as The Hippy Boys, had been formed by bass player Aston 'Family Man' Barrett: when Family Man linked up with Lee Perry, the producer decided to make the bass the lead instrument of this new form of reggae in which he was now working. - ReggaeXplosion.