Heptones’ Barry Llewelyn Dead At 64

Barry Llewelyn, one of the original founders of Jamaican reggae/rocksteady band The Heptones, is dead at age 64

Lead singer of the Heptones, Leroy Sibbles, saidon Friday that Llewellyn died of unknown causes at Kingston Public Hospital.

Llewellyn co-founded the Heptones with Earl Morgan in the late 1950s. However, it was not until the 1960s that the group shot to stardom in the peak of Rocksteady era.

After taking a 20-year hiatus from their worldwide tour and recording, The Heptones reunite in the 1990s during a worldwide ska and rocksteady revival.

Llewellyn is survived by his wife, Monica, and several children.