Entertainment

Lee Perry scratches the surface of it

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer

Saturday, January 25, 2014    

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The Grammy Awards are scheduled for the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. Five nominees (Beres Hammond, Ziggy Marley, Sizzla, Snoop Lion, and Sly and Robbie) are up for Best Reggae Album. Today, we conclude our daily reflections on the category with

a look at Lee Scratch Perry's Jamaican ET.

LEE 'Scratch' Perry was 66 years old when his Jamaican ET won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2003.

The self-produced 15-track project was distributed by Sanctuary/Trojan Records and capped a remarkable career for the eccentric Perry who produced cutting-edge songs by the Wailers, Junior Byles, Max Romeo, Junior Murvin and The Congos.

Merci by Alpha Blondy, Ghetto Dictionary: The Mystery (Bounty Killer), Still Blazin' (Capleton), and Anything for You by Freddie McGregor were the other Best Reggae Album nominees in 2003.

Perry, who lives in Europe, remains popular throughout Europe and among college students in the United States.

He was nominated again for Best Reggae Album in 2008 (The End of an American Dream), 2009 (Repentance) and 2011 (Revelation).

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