Iconic Jamaican bandleader and producer BYRON LEE has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 73.
The Dragonaires founder, who inspired many stars with his reggae, ska and rocksteady hits, died on 4 November (08), according to a post on his studio website.
As the leader of the Dragonaires, Lee enjoyed hits like Jamaica Ska and Dancehall Soca, and the music also earned him and his bandmates a part in 1962 James Bond film Dr. No.
As the businessman behind Lee Enterprises, Lee produced hit shows in Jamaica for James Brown, Al Green and others, and he also set up Dynamic Studios in Jamaica, which became a mecca for stars like the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Bob Marley.
He was still recording and performing with the Dragonaires up to his death - the band was scheduled to play in Sunrise, Florida on Sunday (09Nov08).