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R.I.P. Saxa From The Beat 1938-2017

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on May 5, 2017

in News

Saxa, the Jamaican saxophonist who was a member of the British band The Beat (known in the U.S. as The English Beat), died on Wednesday at the age of 77.

Beat member Ranking Roger posted:

I am so very sad and sorry to have to announce to the world that the great Saxa passed away in his sleep last night. I am in tears and will miss you so much. Nobody could ever be like you. We will miss you dearly my mentor. :(((

Dave Wakeling wrote:

Dear Saxa ( Lionel Augustus Martin), . Thank you for your pure melody, your insights on music, love and life, and for your constant kindness to me. You now deserve to take your place as Top Tenor, First Chair, in St Peters Archestra, just as you had practiced for your whole life. Me love you Mr Martin. David xx

Saxa was born Lionel Martin in Jamaica and originally got his break in music in his native country playing with some of that country’s greatest including Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker and Laurel Aitken.

He joined the Beat in the late-70’s when he was already in his late-40’s, in time to appear on their 1979 debut single, a cover of Tears of a Clown.

The Beat would go on to record three albums, the first two of which peaked at number 3 in the U.K. (I Can’t Stop It (1980) & Wha’ppen? (1981) while their third, Special Beat Service, only went to 21 in Britain but gave the group their biggest hit in the U.S., peaking at 39. They scored five top ten hits in the U.K. (…Clown, Hands Off…She’s Mine, Mirror in the Bathroom, Too Nice to Talk To, Can’t Get Used to Losing You) while their singles only appeared on the Dance charts in America.

The Beat broke up in 1983 with Saxa going on to play with The International Beat with Beat drummer Everett Morton and singer Tony Beet, staying together until 1992.


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