Dreadlocked musicians, political leaders and mourning fans turned out Saturday for the funeral of legendary reggae producer Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd.

Dodd, a pioneer of reggae who helped launch the career of Bob Marley and dozens of other artists, died May 4 of an apparent heart attack at his famed Studio One in Kingston. He was 72. The funeral was delayed for weeks while arrangements were made.

To the strains of a gospel choir, some 500 mourners filed through Kingston's Holy Trinity Cathedral past Dodd's casket, which was adorned with album covers of his early hits.

"We have lost a great man, a man who made Jamaican music a household name," the Rev. Oswald Tie said in his eulogy. "His vision gave rise to the sound that brought Jamaica to the world arena."

Grammy-winning artists Shaggy and Beenie Man attended as well as opposition leader and former prime minister Edward Seaga, himself a former record producer.

In 1963, Dodd opened Studio One, the Caribbean island's first black-owned music studio. Later that year, he was introduced to a singer named Bob Marley, who auditioned for Dodd with his band, the Wailers.

Dodd signed the group to a five-year contract, launching a musical career that would take Marley to the heights of international fame before his death in 1981.

Clement Dodd, who helped launch Bob Marley's ascent to reggae superstardom, was buried Saturday.