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Ernest Ranglin

A pioneering force behind the rise of Caribbean music, guitar virtuoso Ernest Ranglin was born in Manchester, Jamaica, in 1932. He began playing ukulele as a boy, soon graduating to guitar; while in his teens he began performing live both locally and in the Bahamas, often in tandem with the young Monty Alexander. Ranglin's session work at the famed Studio One helped give birth to the ska phenomenon, which during the late '50s began taking Jamaica by storm. He finally began attracting international notice in 1964 when he traveled to London to perform at Ronnie Scott's jazz club, so impressing its owner that he remained on as the venue's resident guitarist for the next nine months. There he made a number of solo records for the fledgling Island label, and also collaborated with Prince Buster; additionally, Ranglin teamed with Jamaican singer Millie Small to cut the international smash "My Boy Lollipop." He soon returned to session work, arranging classics including the Melodians' majestic "Rivers of Babylon"; with his guitar leads on the Wailers' "It Hurts to Be Alone," he also laid the foundation for the rise of rockers reggae. Though remaining perhaps best known for his jazz prowess, in the 1970s Ranglin toured with Jimmy Cliff; in 1973 he was awarded the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican Government for his contributions to music, and continued touring and recording regularly throughout the decades to follow, most notably signing to Chris Blackwell's newly formed Palm Pictures label to issue 1998's In Search of the Lost Riddim. E.B. @ Noon and Modern Answers to Old Problems arrived two years later, Grooving appeared in early 2001, and Alextown and Surfin' followed in 2005. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Ernie the best there is no competition, music at its highest level ,
no ka oi
g,g, ranglin. everyone's mentor. the one we all want to emulate. true, seen. conquering lion
Love this Mod Mod album by Ernest Ranglin
Simply the besr!!!
teedub95464
Yeah, buterah, Delroy Wilson is not Ernest Ranglin, Tim Westergren!
BBBBBBAAAUUU U U U U U U U U D D D D D D M O N DEM!!!!!!!!
truly an inspiration, what a blessing this man has been and continues to be for all of us !
Wish this country would start listening to music like this more!!!
sweet! jazz guitar and keys with roots beats. sweet!
Ernest one of best on the ska and jazz scene.
teadipper
I'll be the one in the back spinning in circles... don't let me fall...
love love love the deep bass
kcullen4
Reminds me of Summer 2004 - back porch Charleston style - always a favorite in my collection!
one of the greatest Jamaican jazz guitarist!!!
AMAZING!
rocky.nancy
TOP DRAW
kungfuman
the best
LA SANTA SKA!
davisolga
kept me alive driving home from NYC one night. Played Ranglin's music to keep me awake. he is the best!
Great riddim! Can't get much better than that sound.
I want to go to the beach!
i like all kind of raggae style music but this is the icening on the cake mr. Ranglin keep me loving my raggae at the age i an at now. my cadillac so smooth
my favorite dub musician ever
oadelgadillo
wow.. skanky.. <3 it
hes one of the best in my book much respect and love for mr ernest ranglin love his music
jeremylapin
I am a long time reggae fan who has recently discovered Ranglin through Pandora. This is all I want to listen to anymore, simply amazing.
Mr.Ranglin is at the root of so much that is not just Rae Gae but Caribbean. He pioneered the genre of with well orchestrated brass and rhythm sections infused with the modern R&B, that's still relevant today. A true fusion visionary whose art with the withstands the test of time.
Ernest Ranglin, the man who invented reggae's chop, brilliant musician who deserves nuff respect. Absolutely brilliant.

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