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Danny Sims, 75, 1st producer in US to sign Bob Marley

DANNY SIMS

DANNY SIMS

NEW YORK — Few people outside of the Caribbean knew who Bob Marley was when Danny Sims heard him perform in 1968. But Mr. Sims knew Marley was something special.

‘‘What I heard,’’ he recalled, ‘‘was the next Bob Dylan.’’

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Mr. Sims, a music producer, publisher, and promoter, promptly signed Marley to his first international publishing and recording contracts, setting him on the road to becoming the first reggae superstar.

Mr. Sims died of colon cancer on Oct. 3 in Los Angeles. He was 75. His death was not widely reported at the time.

Mr. Sims signed Marley to a publishing deal and also signed the Wailers to JAD Records. In 1972, Mr. Sims sold Marley’s contract to Chris Blackwell of Island Records, who made him an international star.

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