Lord Creator Obituary: Ska pioneer and “kingston town” Crooner Passes Away

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The music industry is saddened by the loss of Lord Creator, a respected musician known for his calypso, ska, and rocksteady music.

He passed away at the age of 87. One of his most famous songs was “Kingston Town,” which was later covered by UB40.

Lord Creator made a lasting impact on the music scene in Jamaica and beyond.

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His real name was Kenrick Patrick, and he was a truly talented and creative artist who captivated audiences worldwide.

Lord Creator Cause of Death

Lord Creator died out of stroke.

He had been dealing with declining health for some time. He faced the effects of two strokes, prostate problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a back surgery in 2013.

Despite these challenges, he maintained a positive and joyful spirit throughout his life.

His wife, Mrs. Neseline Patrick, shared that Lord Creator never let his illnesses affect his sense of humor or his ability to bring joy to others. His infectious laughter and lightheartedness showed his resilient character.

Lord Creator was a proud father of 15 children.

Although two of his children passed away before him, he leaves behind eight surviving children. He cherished his role as a family man.

He had a relationship with Neseline for 31 years, and they were married for 23 years. Their enduring love and companionship provided strength and support throughout Lord Creator’s life and career.

In recognition of his contributions to Jamaican music and his community service, Lord Creator received the Order of Distinction (Officer Rank) from the Jamaican Government on National Heroes Day in 2022.

This prestigious award celebrated his significant impact on the development of Jamaican music, solidifying his status as one of the pioneers of ska.

Lord Creator’s musical journey began in Trinidad, where he started as a calypso singer. He recorded his first hits, “The Cockhead” and “Evening News,” with Fitz Vaughan Bryan’s big band in 1958 and 1959 respectively.

In late 1959, he decided to move to Jamaica to pursue his passion for performing and recording music. The vibrant music scene and rich culture of the island became his new home.

In 1962, Lord Creator collaborated with producer Vincent “Randy” Chin to record “Independent Jamaica.” This iconic song became the official anthem celebrating Jamaica’s independence from the British Empire on August 6, 1962.

It was also the first record released by Chris Blackwell’s newly established Island Records label in the United Kingdom. Lord Creator continued to make waves with his music, and in 1963, his single “Don’t Stay Out Late,” produced by Chin, became a hit in Jamaica.

Lord Creator reached new heights in his musical journey in 1970 with the release of “Kingston Town,” produced by Clancy Eccles.

The song became one of his most popular hits, showcasing his ability to blend ska rhythms with his unique vocal style.

Lord Creator revealed that “Kingston Town” was actually a revised version of his earlier composition, “Babylon,” which he had written as a teenager in Trinidad. With his talent and Eccles’ production, the song touched the hearts of listeners and became a timeless classic.

However, controversy arose over the ownership of “Kingston Town” when UB40’s cover version became a massive hit in Europe, generating significant royalties.

Lord Creator, who was struggling financially in Jamaica at the time, returned to Trinidad and received the news of UB40’s success with his song.

A dispute emerged between Lord Creator and Clancy Eccles regarding the song’s ownership. Eccles claimed partial ownership due to his contributions to the lyrics, while Lord Creator insisted that he wrote the entire song.

Legal battles ensued, highlighting the complexities of music ownership and royalties.

After UB40’s cover of “Kingston Town” in 1989, Lord Creator experienced a career resurgence.

He performed in various oldies shows in Jamaica and later toured in Japan. He eventually settled in Montego Bay, Hanover, and finally Golden Grove, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry and the hearts of his fans.

As news of Lord Creator’s passing spreads, the Minister of Entertainment, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, expresses her condolences and sadness.

Lord Creator’s legacy as a pioneer of ska and rocksteady will always be remembered, and his influence on Jamaican music will continue to inspire future generations.

His joyful spirit and unwavering dedication to his craft will forever remain in the hearts of those fortunate enough to experience the magic of his music.

Lord Creator’s extraordinary talent has left an indelible imprint on the world of music, and his contributions will always be cherished.

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