The trombonist "Rico" Rodriguez dies aged 80

by admin / Sep 05, 2015
The legendary trombonist Emmanuel ‘Rico’ Rodriguez died on 4 september 2015 at age 80, following a short illness in a hospital.
Cuban-born Jamaican ska and reggae trombonist, Rico recorded with many producers, including Karl Pitterson, Prince Buster, and Lloyd "Matador" Daley. He was known as one of the first and most distinguished ska artists, and from the early 1960s performed and recorded in Britain, with The Specials, Jools Holland, and others.
Member from 1997 of the Jool’s Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Festival, Rico Rodriguez retired from performing with the band in 2012.
Awarded on 2007 by Buckingham Palace as Member of the Order of the British Empire, in October 2012 he was also awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica in recognition of his contribution to Jamaican music.
Rico will also be remembered for his most notable performances was on The Specials' song "A Message to You, Rudy".