Danny Sims, 75, 1st producer in US to sign Bob Marley
Few people outside of the Caribbean knew who Bob Marley was when Danny Sims heard him perform in 1968. But Sims knew Marley was something special right away. ‘‘What I heard,’’ he recalled years later, ‘‘was the next Bob Dylan.’’ 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. Sims died of colon cancer on Oct. 3 in Los Angeles, at age 75.