Bunny Lee is famous for recording some of Jamaica’s biggest hits such as Delroy Wilson’s Better Must Come and Cool Operator, and John Holt’s Stick by Me. The museum aspect of the studio houses several artifacts from reggae history including a part of the drum set otherwise known as the ‘hyatt’, but better known as the ‘flying symbal’ which was made popular by Lee and can be heard on several hits including Johnny Clarke’s Move Out of Babylon. Two, four and eight tracktapes (which many of today’s recording artistes have never seen, but which were used to record some of the biggest hits) are on display. The historical collection has on display the first drum stick that Sly Dunbar used when the duo started to be known as Sly & Robbie and also King Tubby’s favourite studio chair and a gramophone.
Several prominent artistes and musicians turned out to lend their support to Bunny Lee’s event. Among those who passed through were Ras Michael (from Ras Michael & the Songs of Negus), producers Blackbeard, King Jammys, Bobby Digital and Redman. His support was evident from the musician fraternity as well; with Robbie Lyn, Robbie Shakespeare and Earl Chinna Smith showing their presence. UK based singer Vivian Jones, The Mighty Diamonds, Johnny Clarke, Earl Morgan of the Heptones were a few more of the members of the music fraternity who were visible at the opening.
The studio is managed by Edward Lee affectionately called ‘Little Striker’ who is also the head of Gorgon Entertainment. The location of the studio is no mere coincidence as it is on the same property where his father recorded approximately 3,000 of reggae’s biggest artiste of that era such as Dennis Alcapone, U-Brown and U-Roy. The studio has charted a course which will see them recording not only the vintage acts, but intends to include several young acts on their roster. With the likes of new comers Jedani & Kim Nain recording their already, there is no doubt that Bunny Lee’s studio will soon become one of the sought after venues for entertainers.
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