The English Beat’s Saxophone player, Saxa (Lionel Augustus Martin) has passed away at the age of 87. Saxa’s awesome playing can be heard throughout the Beat’s discography but songs that stand out include “Too Nice To Talk To,” “Mirror in the Bathroom,” and “Best Friend.” He has also played with The International Beat, Laurel Aitken, Prince Buster and Desmond Dekker. For some in-depth history on Saxa, check out Marco on the Bass’s article on him. Rest easy Saxa!
Ranking Roger confirmed the sad news on his facebook page:
RIP to our great friend Lionel 'Saxa' Martin, original saxophonist for The Beathttps://t.co/2envbspgbO
— Musical Youth (@MusicalYouth30) May 3, 2017
— Horace Panter (@horacepanterart) May 3, 2017
With much respect! – Tazy & #SkaParade
— Tazy Phyllipz (@skaparade1) May 3, 2017