Tributes pour in for ‘Picture This’ singer Robbie Shakespeare

Written by Staff Writer Robbie Shakespeare — one of the most celebrated reggae musicians of the late 1960s and the legendary singer of the 1964 worldwide hit, “Picture This” — has died, his wife…

Tributes pour in for 'Picture This' singer Robbie Shakespeare

Written by Staff Writer

Robbie Shakespeare — one of the most celebrated reggae musicians of the late 1960s and the legendary singer of the 1964 worldwide hit, “Picture This” — has died, his wife told the BBC on Friday. He was 68.

Shakespeare’s family was with him when he passed away on Friday afternoon, Margaret Baumel-Shakespeare said. “He had lung cancer and was poorly. He was in and out of hospital.”

Shakespeare rose to fame in the late 1960s with a band called Mad Todds. He was a key player in the so-called rebirth of the Jamaican style of music — rhythm and blues — known as reggae.

He released several albums during his 20-year career in the 1960s and 1970s. By the early 1980s, he had given up the band, moving to London with his family.

The popular reggae artist was known for his deep, heartfelt and soulful vocals that he delivered with a precision and intimacy.

Born in Mona, Jamaica in June 1942, he took up music when he was 16-years-old.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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