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The ‘lover’s rock’ pioneer died in a London hospital Sunday in England, he was 69 years old. The cause of death is still unknown. Manager, Copeland Forbes says Holt was in England for several shows in July, but he did undergo an operation in June at the University Hospital of West Indies in Jamaica.
Known as one of the most influential singers in reggae history, he stormed the rock steady era in the late 1960s as lead singer of the Paragons. He is the original singer of the hit song ‘The Tide is High’ which really became popular by US band Blondie in 1980. Also “Tonight I see your face” and “Ali Baba” were chart topping hits for him in 1967. Just three years later Holt went solo and rose to further fame producing songs for Clement Dodd, Bunny Lee, Joseph Hoo Kim and of course his massive album ‘1000 Volts of Holt’ with hits “Stick By Me” which was the biggest selling Jamaican record in 1972 and his song “only a smile”. Holt released almost 40 albums throughout his career. His last solo album, Peacemaker was released in 1993.
Tributes within the music industry poured in, Shaggy tweeted “We have lost a legend, Very instrumental part of our reggae history, You’ll be missed.” Fellow Jamaican artist Sean Paul said “RIP Sir John Holt, You have served your culture well. I salute you.” And UB40 added that Holt was a massive inspiration and will be sorely missed. Holt was honoured with Jamaica’s fifth highest honor, the Order of Distinction in 2004.
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