Singer Hopeton Lewis is dead
Hopeton Lewis, reputed to have recorded the first
rocksteady song, died at his home in Brooklyn, New York,
on Thursday evening (September
He was 66 years old.
Lewis is best
known for the 1966 hit Take it Easy which heralded the
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.