Roy Richards dies at home

Monday, May 28, 2007
Jamaican Observer (C)

Popular Jamaican musician Leroy 'Roy' Richards died on Friday at his St Ann's Bay home.

The pioneer, born in 1941, has contributed much to the Jamaican music industry being a multi-talented artist who not only played the harmonica but was an accomplished singer and drummer. After getting his big break on the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour Talent Series - a weekly show stagged at various theatres across the island in the late 1950s - he was introduced to the recording industry by the late Sir Coxsone Dodd of Studio One.

However in later years he served as a part of music legend Bryon Lee's backing band. He has also worked with a number of female acts including Enid Cumberland (from the duo Keith & Enid). His well known tracks include Veitnam and Contact on harmonica and Freedoms Blues.