Winston Watson, an original member of the trio The Meditations died Thursday morning in New York.
The cause of death has not been revealed.
He was known for writing the lyrics to and singing lead on many of The Meditations' outstanding hits such as Miracles, Stranger in Love, Moses, Living on the Edge, Jailhouse, and Senorita.
The Meditations formed in 1974, have released over 10 albums throughout their career.
The group sang backing vocals on a number of Bob Marley songs, as well as providing backing for Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff and The Congos.
They appeared at the One Love Peace Concert in April 1978, a commemoration of the 12th anniversary of Haile Selassie's state visit to Jamaica.