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Singer Hopeton Lewis is dead

Singer Hopeton Lewis, reputed to have recorded the first rocksteady song, died at his home in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday evening (September  4, 2014).

He was 66 years old. Lewis is best known for the 1966 hit Take it Easy which heralded the rocksteady sound.

The beat was slower than ska which it followed. Rocksteady, which preceded reggae, produced a number of harmony groups including the Heptones, the Paragons and the Melodians...more



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