Ernest Ranglin

The Godfather of Ska

Summertime for some, the best season to enjoy the sun, the beach and listen to some good reggae and ska music!
If you agree with me, Ernest Ranglin should definitely be on your playlist!

Ernest Ranglin is a Jamaican guitarist and composer who helped give birth to the ska genre in the late 1950s. Ranglin played on many classic Jamaican recordings, performing with artists such as Theophilus Beckford, Jimmy Cliff, Monty Alexander, Prince Buster, The Skatalites, Bob Marley and Eric Dean’s Orchestra. He has also explored other styles of music, notably blending jazz, mento and reggae.

If you do not have any music from Ranglin on your playlist, please check out this performance to get in the mood:

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  1. Ian Parkin

    Do you know of any Tabs online of Ernest Solos?

  2. Ian Parkin

    Thanks for this Luis I was born in Jamaica and went to Jamaica School of Music when Ranglin was teaching there. A wonderful guitarist.

    1. admin

      Wow, that is so cool Ian! Ernest is definitely a great guitarist!

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