Winston “Merritone” Blake one of the Blake brothers from the famous Merritone Sound System has died.
Reports are that Blake was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies on Wednesday for Asthma complications, this following a stroke he had a few weeks ago.
He passed away this morning at about 5:30. Merritone sound system burst onto the Kingston nightclub scene in the early 1960s.
Winston Blake was reportedly instrumental in launching the careers of some of Jamaica ‘s most popular recording artists including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Beres Hammond, Alton Ellis and Blake’s own wife Cynthia Schloss.
His outstanding contribution to Jamaican music earned him Jamaica ‘s Order of distinction (OD) Officer Class for his contribution to Jamaica’s entertainment industry more than a decade ago.
Mr Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake, died at the age of 75