Reggae artiste with the unique vocal Pat Kelly has died at a hospital in Jamaica.He recently returned from USA where he was having treatment.His wife Jackie report he has been ailing for sometime. Report reaching Musicalheatwave is he passed away having complications with Kidney.
Pat Kelly first tasted success during the sixties as a member of the Techniques scoring top ten hits with songs such as You Don’t Care “You’ll Want Me Back”, which gave them a huge following and spent six weeks at number one in the Jamaican singles chart followed by hits with “Queen Majesty”, “My Girl”, “Love Is Not a Gamble”.
Pat Kelly not just a singer song writer gained his Masters in Audio Electronics and became one of the most sought after engineer in Jamaica.Pat Kelly solo career started after the break up of the group.He recorded for Bunny Lee and hit with ‘Little Boy Blue’ but it was Pat Kelly’s “How Long Will It Take” that gave him the biggest-selling Jamaican single of 1969. The song went on to become a massive seller in the UK and gained the attention of Apple Records who it’s rumoured to have offered Pat a £25,000 contract However due to contractual obligations he wasn’t able to take it up.1972 was a good year for Pat Kelly with the classic Curtis Mayfields’ “Soulful Love” Hitting the charts and giving him tours around the world.He dropped the gigantic “Talk About Love” before returning to record with Duke Reid where it began with the Techniques and covered the classic ‘Sunshine’.
When he wasn’t on the road Pat Kelly was engineering for Channel One Studios and freelancing as an independent Engineer.He ventured into production and released some fine sides.
Musicalheatwave sends condolence to Family and friends.Bless