UB40 pays tribute to Frederick Waite Jr of Musical Youth after his death

UB40 is one of a number of people to pay tribute to Musical Youth drummer Frederick Waite Jr after his death aged 55.

The Grammy-nominated reggae band announced the news on Thursday praising Waite as a “music legend who has inspired many young musicians”.

They are best known for their hit song Pass The Dutchie which hit number one in 1982.

In a statement on Twitter, they wrote: “We are saddened to announce that drummer Frederick Waite Jr. of Musical Youth has passed away.

“Our thoughts go out to him and his family during this time of grief.

“We have lost a musical legend who has inspired so many young musicians over the past 40 years.

“Rest in Eternal Peace”.

The member of reggae and pop band UB40 hybrid Birmingham tweeted that they were “so sad” to hear the news and sent their thoughts to his family and group.

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Young musicians perform on stage during the 2022 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony (David Davies/PA)

Musical Youth, consisting of Dennis Seaton, Michael Grant, Kelvin Grant, Patrick Waite and Waite Jr., was founded in Birmingham in 1979.

They went on to release two albums, 1982’s The Youth Of Today and Different Style! in 1983, and received a Grammy nomination for best new artist in 1984.

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In 1985, they disbanded but Seaton and Grant reformed as a duo in 2001.

Pass The Dutchie became a hit once again, as the band performed the song at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Monday.

It was also featured in season four of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things.

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