Rico Rodriguez (musician)
Rico Rodriguez at Guilfest 2012
|Birth name||Emmanuel Rodriguez|
17 October 1934 |
|Genres||Ska, reggae, jazz|
|Associated acts||The Specials
Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
Rico Rodriguez MBE (born Emmanuel Rodriguez; 17 October 1934), also known as simply Rico, as well as Reco or El Reco, is a ska and reggae trombonist. He has recorded with many producers, including Karl Pitterson, Prince Buster, and Lloyd "Matador" Daley. He is known as one of the first and most distinguished Ska artists.
Rodriguez was born in Cuba and moved with his family to Jamaica at an early age. He grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, and was taught to play the trombone by his slightly older schoolmate Don Drummond at the Alpha Boys School. In the 1950s, Rodriguez became a Rastafarian and became closely musically related to rasta drummer Count Ossie. In 1961, Rodriguez moved to the UK and started to play in reggae bands there. In 1976, he recorded the album, Man from Wareika under contract with Island Records. In the late 1970s, with the arrival of the 2 Tone genre, he played with ska revival bands such as The Specials. One of his most notable performances was on The Specials' song "A Message to You, Rudy".
Rodriguez formed the group Rico and the Rudies to create the albums Blow Your Horn and Brixton Cat.
Since 1996, among other engagements he has played with Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and also performs at various ska festivals throughout Europe with his own band. He performed with Holland at Jools' Annual Hootenanny, 2011.
He was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) at Buckingham Palace on 12 July 2007, for services to music. In October 2012 he was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica in recognition of his contribution to Jamaican music.
- List of reggae musicians
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- Island Records discography
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