Bunny Lee, Reggae and Dub Producer, Dead at 79

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Bunny “Striker” Lee, the influential reggae and dub producer, has died, Trojan Records confirms.

The official cause of death has not been revealed, but it was said that Lee was “battling kidney problems for the past few months.” Bunny Lee was 79 years old.

Born Edward O’Sullivan Lee in Kingston, Jamaica, Lee was pivotal in introducing reggae to an international audience.

He began his prolific career as a record plugger for Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label in 1962 before beginning to produce records on his own. By the late ’60s, he was one of Jamaica’s top reggae producers, working with acts such as Lester Sterling and Stranger Cole, Pat Kelly, the Sensations, and more.

Lee produced Eric Donaldson’s 1971 song “Cherry, Oh Baby,” later covered by the Rolling Stones, and would go on to produce for Delroy Wilson, John Holt, Beenie Man, and more, shaping the sound of reggae and dub in the process.

Lee produced King Tubby’s 1974 album Dub From the Roots as well as 1975’s The Roots of Dub, which led to a partnership deal with Trojan Records, quickly increasing the genre’s popularity in the UK and across the globe.

In October 2008, the Jamaican government honored Lee with the Order of Distinction to recognize his contributions to reggae music over his decades-long career.

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