Died: Oct 9, 1972
Slim Smith, born Keith Smith, started
out in the early 60s as a founding member of The Techniques, before joining the ranks of producer Coxsone Dodd, cutting some notable sides collected on the classic ‘Born To Love’ set. His Studio One recordings brilliantly highlight his passionate, soulful voice. The end of the 60s saw him working for Bunny Lee, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Uniques, scoring with the memorable ‘My Conversation’. The cause of Slim Smith’s untimely death in 1972 is the subject of some dispute.
He died after bleeding to death from a wound to his wrist caused by smashing
a window of his house.
The reasons for his action are however not clear. One version has it that he was locked out of his house, another that depression was the reason, and his death should thus be regarded as suicide. His death stunned Jamaica.