Jamaican reggae pioneer Clement ``Sir Coxsone'' Dodd, May 4

Jamaican music producer Clement ``Sir Coxsone'' Dodd, a pioneer of reggae credited with launching the career of Bob Marley and the Wailers, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, in Kingston of an apparent heart attack, friends said. He was 72. Dodd started in the music business in the 1950s, operating a popular ``sound system,'' or portable disco, and releasing records on his own label. An accomplished cricket player, he was nicknamed ``Coxsone'' after a famous player from the 1940s. In 1963, he opened the Jamaica Recording and Publishing Studio, Jamaica's first black-owned music studio. Later that year, he was introduced to a scruffy singer named Bob Marley, who auditioned for Dodd with his band, the Wailers. Impressed, Dodd signed the group to a five-year contract, launching a musical career that would span three decades and take Marley to the heights of international acclaim.
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