RIP Harry J: 1970s top reggae producer Harry Johnson died Wednesday at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland, Jamaica, from complications to diabetes. He was 68.
Johnson, popularly known as Harry J, launched his record label Harry J label in 1966 and had several big hits including, “Young, Gifted and Black,” sang by Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths.
“The Liquidator,” by the Harry J All Stars was another of his hits. The opening guitar riff was the inspiration behind the Staples Singers’ hit “I’ll Take You There.” Harry Johnson also produced Lorna Bennett’s “Breakfast in Bed.”
Bob Marley and the Wailers recorded their first four Island Records studio albums at the Harry J studios in Kingston. Harry Johnson is survived by his four children and three grandchildren.
As a top reggae producer Harry Johnson left an imprint on reggae music as we know it today. He was a pioneer in his own rights. Rest in peace!
Lorna Bennett’s ‘Breakfast in Bed:”