Legendary Jamaican singer Hopeton Lewis has passed away

Take+It+EasyLegendary Jamaican reggae and gospel singer Hopeton Lewis died on Thursday September 4 in New York City. He was 66 years old.

Just like many of his early peers Hopeton Lewis started his career recording for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd at Studio One in the 60s. He later recorded for several other producers, including Byron Lee and Ken Khouri, for whom he in 1966 recorded Take it Easy, one of the first ever rocksteady cuts. That particular tune also provided the foundation for Johnny Clarke’s beloved Rockers Time Now, recorded for Bunny Lee almost a decade later.

Hopeton Lewis was however more than just a one hit wonder. He won the Jamaican National Festival Song Competition in 1970 with Boom Shacka Lacka, and also had a hit with Grooving Out on Life a few years later.

He was a soulful singer and in the 80s he increasingly turned to gospel.

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