The Legacy Of Edi Fitzroy

Reggae | Monday 3rd April 2017 | Shuaib

Reggae artist Edi Fitzroy died on March the 4th at the May Pen Hospital, known for songs like 'The Gun' and 'Princess Black' the roots singer had an incredible impact on the reggae scene. 

Born in Chapelton, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica on the 17th November 1955, he was exposed to music at a young a age. His father played a sound system and he later went on to work at the Jamaican broadcasting corporation.

But singing was his passion and he kept on writing songs which eventually came to the attention of Mikey Dread, a radio presenter at the station who helped him release his first single 'Miss Molly Colly'. The song reached top of the Jamaican charts in 1978 which allowed Edi to release more hits, and he later went on to tour the United Kingdom with Mikey at his side.

Early in the 1980s, Fitzroy released his first album Check for you Once. Which went on to top the Jamaican charts for a month, with lyrics that made him one of  Jamica's most socially conscious singers at the time. He even went on to win a Rockers Award in 1984 for 'Most Conscious Performer' for the 'Princess Black' single he wrote for his mother. 

Fitzroy was the father of 6, he had five girls and one boy. His only boy Rory was tragically killed in a car accident when he was in the final year of high school, this understandably shook the reggae legend.

The singer was buried on the 26th of March and he was given a tearful funeral by many who came to show their appreciation for the star. He was buried at the Dovecot Cemetery in Jamaica.