Jamaican music has lost another music pioneer as the legendary Hopeton Lewis passed on September 4th 2014 at the age of 66 (October 30, 1947 – September 4, 2014). Lewis started performing as a youth, forming a group called, “The Regals. In the mid-1960s, he began recording and had one of the earliest rocksteady hits with “Take It Easy” in late 1966. He had several more Jamaican hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He won the Festival Song Contest in 1970 with “Boom Shaka Lacka” He began working as a singer with Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, and in 1971 had a hit with “Grooving Out On Life”. Much of his recent work has been in the gospel genre, including Reaching Out to Jesus (2000). Here is Hopeton Lewis singing “Take It Easy”.