Noel Bartholomew Simms was born in 1935 and died on February 3, 2017.
He was better known by his nickname and artistic name Scully.
He was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae percussionist.
Simms was born in the Smith Village area of Kingston.
Noel received his education at the Alpha Boys School, he initially worked as a singer in a duo with his schoolfriend Arthur “Bunny” Robinson, known as Simms & Robinson and later Bunny & Scully.
Together they won the Vere Johns talent contest two years running and were the first Jamaican artists to make R&B records on the island, starting with acetates for sound system use in 1953 (previous Jamaican-made singles were calypso).
He had lost his sight to glaucoma.
Nonetheless, Noel kept on recording and writing songs, including “Africa for the Africans”.
He died due to a related illness.
Noel Simms passed away at 82 years old.