Dub Reggae singer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is in fine form at the age of 80.
There is no slowing down for him.
In an interview the singer who turned 80 on Sunday March 20 has the added distinction of having over 40 years in the business. He is also credited with kickstarting Bob Marley’s career and doing collabs with Paul McCartney of the Beatles and The Clash.
The eccentric artis also co-produced The Beastie Boys’ Hello Nasty album.
In an interview with The Guardian Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry spoke of working with Bob Marley: ‘He wanted to be loved and respected like me, so it worked.’
‘He’d learn about history and could understand everything, very fast. You’d tell him something and he’d pick it up instantly,” commented Perry on the late legend.
Perry famously burnt down his recording studio The Black Ark when he thought it had been possessed by Satan. Speaking of that memorable event, Perry explained: ‘Burning up the studio was a way of burning the demon, burning up the bad luck that had come to the people who lived in Jamaica. There is a Jewish saying that if you don’t burn the demon, maybe you die instead of him.”
Now living in Switzerland, Perry can put his good health down to only one thing: ‘The music did it for me. As an example to prove to people that God is still alive. He keeps me well to this age. It’s like… I am a prince and the music is the king and the music is my father who art in heaven, hallowed be his name. So the music lives on.’