Robbie Shakespeare works as a bassist and record producer. He is nominated for 13 Grammy Awards. He died at the age of 68. The Jamaican artist was part of the duo Sly and Robbie with Sly Dunbar. Sly and Robbie joined forces in the mid-1970s as a producing team. Their work first drew acclaim for the production of Mighty Diamonds’ 1976 album, Right Time.
Robbie Shakespeare Cause Of Death
He died at a hospital in Florida, according to news reports, where he was recently undergoing surgery related to his kidneys. His friends & family confirm his death on social media.
“When it comes to reggae bass playing, no one comes close to having the influence of Robbie Shakespeare,” tweeted Jamaican prime minister Robert Holness. “He will be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music industry and Jamaica’s culture.”
“Robbie’s loss will be severely felt by the industry at home and abroad. My condolences to those he leaves behind,” she said.
They went on to work with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Sting, Bob Dylan, Britney Spears, U2, and more as a rhythm section and production team. They were credited with introducing the “Rockers” beat.
What are Robbie Shakespeare’s greatest hits?
Sly and Robbie’s most notable songs include Boops, Star Across the Sky, and Taxi Connection.
He also lent his bassist skills to artists like Gwen Guthrie, Grace Jones, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Bob Dylan, and Peter Tosh.
In 2011, there was a documentary Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytals, they were described as “one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica.”
Shakespeare was nominated for 13 Grammys in his career. He won twice, once in 1984 for Best Reggae Recording for Anthem and then in 1998 for Best Reggae Album for Friends.
In 2020, Shakespeare was placed at No. 17 on Rolling Stone’s greatest bassists of the all-time list. “I appreciate the fact that others looking in can see what we are doing for the music,” he said of the list. “This makes me feel like a baby.”