PLUTO SHERVINGTON – Jamaican reggae artist, musician, studio engineer and producer –  died on Friday 19th January. He was aged 73 and few other details regarding his passing are currently available.

He was born Leighton Shervington in Kingston, Jamaica in 1950 and began his  career in  the band, Tomorrow’s Children. As a solo artist his biggest hits were ‘Dat’, ‘Ram Goat Liver’(both 1976) and 1982’s ‘Your Honour’.

MARY WEISS, lead singer of the 1960s pop group The Shangri-Las, also died on Friday 19th January. The news was announced by her current record label. She was 75. Miriam Linna, of Norton Records, said in a statement. “Mary was an icon, a hero, a heroine, to both young men and women of my generation and of all generations”

The Shangri-Las were made up of two sets of sisters and came  from New York and after signing with Red Bird Records in 1963 they enjoyed a smash hit with the Shadow Morton-produced ‘Leader Of The Pack’ – a macabre tale of motor biking now regarded as a 60s classic. Their other major successs were ‘Remember Walking in the Sand’ and ‘Give Him  A Great Big Kiss’. The Shangri-Las  disbanded in 1968. The members went on to pursue various careers with Mary releasing  a solo album titled  ‘Dangerous Game’ in 2007.