Harry Johnson, the former insurance salesman who became one of reggae's top producers in the 1970s, has died. He was 68.
The Jamaica Observer newspaper said that Johnson died at the Savanna-La-Mar Hospital in his native Westmoreland and had been battling diabetes for many years.
Popularly known as Harry J, he had several big hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, notably â€˜Liquidatorâ€™ by the Harry J All Stars and â€˜Young, Gifted and Blackâ€™ done by Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths.
Liquidator's opening guitar riff inspired the Staples Singers' classic hit â€˜I'll Take You Thereâ€™.
Johnson also produced singer Lorna Bennett's sultry â€˜Breakfast in Bedâ€™ and â€˜Book of Rulesâ€™ by the Heptones.
In the early 1980s, he produced Sheila Hylton's cover of the Police's â€˜The Bed's Too Big Without Youâ€™.
The Harry J Studios in Kingston was also a popular recording spot in the 1970s. Bob Marley and The Wailers recorded their first four Island Records albums at the studio, the newspaper reported.