Skip to comments.'Barry Heptones'Dies in Hospital
Posted on 11/29/2011 3:31:24 PM PST by nickcarraway
BARRINGTON Llewellyn, founding member of the group Heptones is dead. He was 63.
According to Earl Morgan founder of the trio Llewellyn began complaining of not feeling well and was rushed to the University Hospital in St Andrew on Tuesday. He passed away at 3:15 a.m. the day after. No cause was given for his death
The funeral is scheduled for Jamaica Association for Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA) headquarters at 5-7 Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10 on Sunday, December 4. Llewellyn, who would have celebrated his birthday on Christmas, is best remembered as the lead vocals in the 1973 hit song Book of Rules for Island. The song is based on an American poem called A Bag of Tools by RL Sharpe. Morgan has fond memories of the group's humble beginnings. "I'm the group's founder and owner of the name Heptones. The first person that joined me was Barry (Llewellyn)," Morgan recalled. "Glen Adams was a member before Leroy Sibbles, but he never stayed for long. He went and joined the Hippie Boys. Leroy who was in another group with a female artiste asked to join."
Morgan said he attended Kingston Senior School with Llewellyn as well as other music stalwarts including Marcia Griffiths, Carl Dawkins and Derrick Morgan.
"Barry was a lively person who loved to party. He was a girl's man and very popular among them," Morgan continued.
Percussionist Bongo Herman remembers Llewellyn as a good person. "The big tune that Barry (Llewellyn) do Book of Rules a me play the percussion. We all came from outta Trench Town weh dem used to call Ghost Town. He is a good yute and I have a lot of respect for him, a matter of fact, the whole group," Herman said.
Singer Ken Boothe was at a lost for words. However, he said Llewellyn had made a notable contribution to the music. He expressed condolences to his family and love ones.
Started in 1965 in Kingston, Jamaican rocksteady and reggae trio got their name from Morgan, who saw it on a discarded bottle. The group produced a number of hit songs throughout the 1960s and 1970s which included: Fattie Fattie (1966); I've Got a Feeling (1966); Get In the Groove (1967); Equal Rights (1968); Ain't Nobody Else (1968); Party Time (1966); Pretty Looks (1969); Our Day Will Come (1972); Mistry Babylon (1977); and, Sufferers' Time (1978).
Leroy Sibbles left the trio in 1979 and migrated to Canada where he began a solo career. Sibbles was replaced with Naggo Morris and group continued to make music producing their last album Rainbow Valley in 2007. Llewellyn is survived by his wife, Monica, and several children.
Hey, what can you say? Musicians don’t live too long. B.B. King and Chuck Berry are like Methuselah by the standards of their profession.
“The Heptones: Book Of Rules”
This is the tenth anniversary of the death of George Harrison. Just thought I’d throw that in.
Lemme give you a partial list of musicians who didn’t live long enough to collect Social Security (ie. 65) Getting shot doesn’t count; sorry John Lennon.
King Floyd (61)
George Harrison (58)
Eazy E (31)
Freddie King (42)
Betty Everett (63)
Rick James (56)
Conway Twitty (58)
Freddie Mercury (45)
Maurice Gibb (53)
Keith Moon (32)
Frank Zappa (52)
Barry White (58)
Roy Orbison (52)
So as you can see, musicians do have shorter-than-average lifespans.
Rest in peace Mr. Llewellyn.
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