Steel Pulse’s Steve ‘Grizzly’ Nisbett dies at 69
Steve ‘Grizzly’ Nisbett, drummer for the reggae group Steel Pulse from 1977 to 2001, has died yesterday (Jan. 18) at age 69. The band, from Birmingham, England, became the first non-Jamaican band to win a Grammy Award.
Nisbett joined Steel Pulse in 1977 before the release of their debut album, Handsworth Revolution, and remained with the band as a touring member until the release of 1997’s Rage and Fury. Nisbett retired from the band in 2001 due to health concerns.
Among the band’s best hits we remember “Raggae Fever” (1980), “Chant A Psalm” (1982), “Your House” (1982) and “Roller Skates” (1984).
The band gave the sad news on their Facebook page: “It is with a heavy heart that we must pass the sad news that today, our brother, our friend, our time keeper for so many years, original founding member of Steel Pulse, Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett has passed away suddenly and unexpected.”