Funeral service for music industry giant, Neville Lee, August 28

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neville-lee-sonic-sounds.jpgThe Thanksgiving Service for the life of former head of Sonic Sounds, Neville Lee, will be held next week Tuesday, August 28 at the Saints Peter and Paul RC Church

Mr. Lee died in hospital on July 31. He was 80 years old.

In paying tribute to the music industry giant, Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange said his contribution to the local music industry was monumental. In a news release, she noted that Mr. Lee worked with his brother, the late Byron Lee of Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires, before setting up Sonic Sounds record distribution company on Retirement Road in St. Andrew. She said he distributed records by greats such as Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, John Holt, Ernie Smith, Yellow Man, Jimmy Riley and Ken Boothe.

Miss Grange recalled that Mr. Lee was also involved in the formation of the Power House Label with producer George Phang from where the hit "Greetings" by Half Pint was released.

Sonic Sounds was founded in 1978 by Neville Lee, brother of Byron Lee, who was front man for Byron Lee and the Dragonaires until his death in 2008. Neville managed Dynamic Sounds, the studio Byron Lee bought from Seaga, changing the name from West Indies Records Limited. Neville later left Dynamic to found Sonic.