The Jamaicans' Norris Weir has passed away

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Norris Weir, a member of The Jamaicans rocksteady group that won the 1967 festival song competition with Ba Ba Boom, died in Port St Lucie, Florida on Friday. Fay Weir, his wife of over 50 years, said that he died from a blot clot on his lung. He was recuperating from surgery on his left knee one week earlier when doctors discovered the sizable lump.

In a 2016 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Weir said he formed The Jamaicans in 1966 with Tommy Cowan, Owen Hylton and Martin Williams. He previously attended Kingston College and was a member of that school's choir.

He wrote Ba Ba Boom at the insistence of producer Duke Reid and Cowan.

Weir also sang lead on the song which beat U N I T Y by Desmond Dekker and The Aces, and Jamaica Move Up by Al and The Vibrators.

Weir became an ordained minister of religion in 2010 and recorded several gospel albums.

He is survived by his wife, three sisters and a brother.