LONDON: Jamaican reggae singer, John Holt, has died at the age of 67.
Holt’s manager, Copeland Forbes, said the singer, whose hits included “Only a Smile”, “Stick by Me”, “Tonight”, “Ali Baba” and “I See Your Face”, died in a London hospital on Sunday. As of press time, the cause of Holt’s death has not been announced.
Holt first rose to fame as a member of The Paragons in the 1960s, a group in which he penned “The Tide is High”, a track which saw global popularity after the American new wave band Blondie released a cover of the song in 1980.
In 1970, Holt left the Paragons to focus on his solo career and soon became one of the biggest names in reggae, with his track “Stick by Me”, recorded with producer Bunny Lee, listed as the biggest-selling Jamaican record of 1972. His last solo album, Peacemaker, was released in 1993.
Holt was awarded the Order of Distinction, Jamaica’s fifth-highest honour, in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Merl.