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Reggae legend Dodd dies aged 72
Clement Dodd
Dodd had been honoured many times for his contribution to music
Legendary reggae producer Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd has died in Jamaica at the age of 72.

Dodd created Kingston's famous Studio One label and was credited with launching the career of Bob Marley.

Dodd's early recordings in the 1950s and 1960s helped to launch the birth of ska, a forerunner to the reggae sound.

He is also credited with launching the careers of reggae artists such as Lee "Scratch" Perry, Dennis Brown and Freddie McGregor.

Dodd left Jamaica as a young man to cut sugar cane in the American south, where he was exposed to the outdoor R&B parties popular among rural blacks.

Bob Marley
Bob Marley was among Dodd's many discoveries
Later, he returned to Jamaica and bought a PA system, naming it "Sir Coxsone's Downbeat" which became one of the country's best known sound systems.

In 1963 he opened Studio One, Jamaica's first black-owned studio.

Later that year he was introduced to a scruffy singer named Bob Marley, who auditioned for Dodd with his band, the Wailers.

Impressed, Dodd signed the group to a five-year contract, launching a musical career that would span three decades and take Marley to the heights of international acclaim.


An accomplished cricket player, Dodd was nicknamed "Coxsone" after a famous player from the 1940s.

In 1991 he was awarded the Order of Distinction, Jamaica's third highest honour, for his contribution to the island's musical heritage.

In 2002 he was honoured with a series of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of his start in the music industry.

His death comes four days after he attended a ceremony to rename the site of his enterprise Studio One Boulevard.

"It's a massive loss," said his friend Bunny Goodison. "If you remove his entire catalogue form the Jamaican scene, a serious vacuum would be created."

Dodd leaves a wife and several children.

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