Jamaican ska and reggae musician, singer and songwriter Floyd Lloyd passed away at the St. Ann’s Bay hospital on Tuesday, November 6. He was 70 years old. An artist’s representative told Urban Islandz:
He was sick for a while but didn’t make it public so the news may come as a shock to his fans.
Floyd Lloyd was born as Lloyd Seivright in St. Ann, Jamaica on June 3, 1948. Lloyd is best known for singles like Jah Jah Why, Sweet Lady, Soulful Lover, and most of all through his work with the Potato 5 on their classic album Floyd Lloyd and the Potato 5 meet Laurel Aitken released in 1987 via Gaz’s Rockin’ Records (label founded by Gaz Mayall of The Trojans).
As you can read on The Duff Guide to Ska:
From the early 1970s through the mid-2000s, Lloyd wrote tracks performed by The Mighty Diamonds and Ernest Ranglin, in addition to the ten or so albums of his own songs that he recorded and released on his own Tropic label. Lloyd also founded Tropic Entertainment, Ltd., a music publishing business that represents over 500 titles, including songs composed by Justin Hinds, Lennie Hibbert, Ernest Ranglin, and Kareem Baaqi.