His name was Ewart Beckford but to the tens of thousands of us who grew up on his toasting, no one knew who Ewart Beckford was, to us he was Daddy Roy, or U‑Roy.
The art of toasting began with DJs talking over the record playing on the sound systems, today we know the toaster as Disc Jockeys (DJs).
To young dance hall goers like myself, Daddy Roy was the best of the best, the crème de la crème of dancehall disc jockeys.
I will leave the comments to those who knew him intimately, sufficing to say that his music was the soundtrack to many of our lives.
He will forever be recognized as one of the greatest of Jamaica’s musical pioneers. He is irreplaceable and will be sadly missed.