LEGENDARY MUSIC pioneer and founder of Studio One, Sir
Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd, died yesterday from heart
complications, it is believed. Dodd, 72, is survived by his
wife and six children.
Close friend Bunny Goodison admitted to being in shock
upon hearing the news of Dodd's passing.
"I left him there at Brentford Road at midday, he
wasn't complaining of chest pains or anything, then someone
just called me at 4:30 p.m. to tell me he was dead.
Apparently, he had complained of feeling pains in his chest,
and while they were driving him to Medical Associates, he
died," Mr. Goodison said.
"Earlier in the day, he wasn't in such good spirits
but he was calm, lucid and he didn't appear to be sick. On
Friday night, after they changed the name of the street to
Studio One Boulevard, we were there toasting and laughing,
but he was extremely quiet during the whole occasion... I
don't know if he was overwhelmed by the whole thing," Mr.
He continued: "At least he lived to receive the
various accolades for his exceptional body of work, which
will live forever. He was truly a great man."
Last Friday, Brentford Road was renamed Studio One
Boulevard in a ceremony which paid tribute to the
accomplishments of the producer. Sadly, less than a week
later, the nation now mourns his death.
Yesterday, Aloun N'dombet Assamba, Minister of Industry
and Tourism with responsibility for Entertainment, joined
with the entire music fraternity of Jamaica in grieving at
the passing of the man who has been described as a
'pioneering giant' of Jamaica's music industry.
"'Sir Coxsone' as he was known to all, was indeed the
father of popular entertainment in Jamaica. For decades, the
development of modern Jamaican music and the unearthing of
new talent rested on his shoulders as he did his utmost to
nurture an industry that has now become a powerful force
internationally," the Minister said.
"We can be grateful that Clement Dodd lived to see
Brentford Road recently renamed Studio One Boulevard as
a lasting tribute to his outstanding contribution to the
Singer Ken Booth, with whom Dodd had well-publicised
differences over royalties for several songs such as 'The
Train Is Coming Baby' appeared to be deeply saddened by the
"What a loss! This is a great loss, I know Coxsone and I
had our differences, but it is sad to see him go like this.
This is a sad day for me and my family," Mr. Boothe said.
Derrick Harriott, with whom Dodd scored a number one hit
in 1961, 'Over the River' had fond memories of the producer.
"He was a jovial man, he will be sadly missed. It is a
shock to the entire music fraternity that he went so
suddenly," Mr. Harriott said.
Mr. Dodd played an instrumental role in the development
of Jamaican music firstly through his sound system
(Downbeat) in the 1950s, and later by being one of the first
producers to start recording Jamaican music.
The founder of Studio One located at 13 Brentford Road
had been involved with music since his stint as a migrant
labourer, when he used to import records to be played in his
sound system. Earning the Jamaica Order of Distinction in
1991, Dodd has produced artistes such as Bob Marley, Marcia
Griffiths, Bob Andy, Peter Tosh, Delroy Wilson, Paragons,
Culture, Alton Ellis, along with numerous others.
In August 2002, Dodd was given a special award, marking
Jamaica's 40th year of Independence, for his contribution to
Jamaican music. He also received a gold Musgrave medal for
his contribution to music in 2002.