Singer and guitarist Noel 'sewell' Bailey has died, aged 61.

The musician passed away on 18 July (14) at Kingston Public Hospital in his native Jamaica following a battle with cancer. His son Christopher Bailey tells JamaicaObserver.com that Bailey had been diagnosed with the disease a month before his death.

He was best known for his guitar work with the Roots Radics Band, a session group which formed in 1978 and later released its own albums.

Bailey played with the band on hits by reggae stars including Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer and Sugar Minott. He also enjoyed a number of his own hits under the moniker Sowell Radics, and his single All Night Jammin' charted in the U.K. in the 1981.

The funeral service is scheduled take place on 31 August (14).