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Studio Engineer Sylvan Morris Has Died

Sylvan Morris, the ace studio engineer who worked on a number of classic reggae albums, died June 17 at age 74.   

He was reportedly found dead at his St Andrew home.  Efforts to contact his daughter, Gale, for comments was futile, because she was too distraught and unable to speak. 

Morris came from an elite class of Jamaican studio engineers that also includes Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock, Syd Bucknor, Errol Thompson, Errol Brown, Ernest Hoo Kim, and Karl Pitterson. 

He began his career in the early 1960s working at West Indies Records Limited as a protégé of Australian Graham Goodall. After a stint at the Treasure Isle studio of producer Duke Reid, Morris moved to the rival Studio One and producer Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd. 

By the early 1970s, he was at Harry J Records. This is noted as where his best work was done with proprietor Harry Johnson. 

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