Musical Youth’s drummer Frederick Waite Jr has died at the age of 55, his band has confirmed.
‘We are sad to announce the passing of Musical Youth’s drummer Frederick Waite Jr,’ the group’s statement read.
‘Our thoughts go out to him and his family during this sad time. We have lost a musical legend, who inspired many young musicians over the last 40 years.’
Details surrounding Waite’s death currently remain unknown, however, Birmingham City Council state he died on July 20.
British-Jamaican reggae band Musical Youth formed in 1979 in Birmingham.
They are best remembered for their 1982 single Pass the Dutchie, which reached number one on multiple charts around the world.
The band recorded two albums and earned a Grammy Award nomination before disbanding in 1985 after a series of personal problems.
Dennis Seaton and Michael Grant returned as a duo in 2001.
We are sad to announce the passing of Musical Youthâs drummer Frederick Waite Jr. Our thoughts go out to him and his family during this sad time. We have lost a musical legend, who inspired many young musicians over the last 40 years.
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Fans have been paying tribute to the late music star following the news of his death.
‘R.I.P. Frederick,’ wrote one. ‘The very first record I ever bought was Pass The Dutchie. I was 11 years old & I saved up my 25p a week pocket money, my Grandad gave me on a Friday and I went to Rumbelows in Bromsgrove & bought it myself. Thank you for the childhood memories.’
‘Very sad to hear the news of the passing of Frederick Waite Jr,’ another penned. ‘His contribution and legacy to Birmingham’s music culture was enshrined at the Closing Ceremony. Rest In Eternal Power.’
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