RIP: Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson, dancehall producer

From The Los Angeles Times:

Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson, a keyboardist and producer who helped steer Jamaican music for nearly two decades and modernize the dancehall genre, has died. He was 47.

Johnson died Sept. 1 at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Patchogue, N.Y., following a heart attack, said Cleveland Browne, a drummer and producer who was the other half of the duo popularly known as Steely and Clevie.

Several weeks ago Johnson had surgery for a blood clot in his brain, and he had been treated for kidney problems related to diabetes and hypertension. He had moved from Kingston, Jamaica, to New York City for medical care.

Although he was best known for helping to produce numerous hits in Jamaica during the 1980s and 1990s, Johnson first drew acclaim as a keyboardist on Sugar Minott's 1979 album "Ghetto-ology," and later as a member of Roots Radics, a pioneering early 1980s dancehall band.

- Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson discography
- Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson YouTube video

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