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Ernest Ranglin


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(1932 – present)

Ernest Ranglin (born June 19, 1932) is a famous Jamaican guitarist.

As a child, Ranglin played , then guitar in his teen years. Charlie Christian was an early influence. Ranglin played on many classic recordings, with Jimmy Cliff, Monty Alexander, Prince Buster, The Skatalites, and others. Ranglin toured extensively with the Eric Deans Orchestra, one of the top bands in the .

In 1958, Chris Blackwell recorded a Ranglin single; it was the first Island Records release. Later recordings in the late 1950s and early 1960s are often regarded as important in the early development of . In 1964, Ranglin, with Coxsone Dodd and singer Millie recorded “My Boy Lollipop”, the first Jamaican song to achieve international success.

Some credit Ranglin with the invention of the of guitar play (sometimes known as scratching) found in nearly all Ska music.

Ranglin has continued recording, often blending with . In 1997, Ranglin was reunited with the Skatalites, for the album Ball Of Fire.


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  • tati_bg

    Ernest, você mora aqui: ♥

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ceyser

    He is the Master

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • whiteclef1

    Come onnnnnn!!!! I was expecting him to have well over a million plays. So awesome.

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • wicaq


    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Victorhugones

    este chavla trifa demasiado, no manches una mezcla del reggae y el jazz es maravillosaa !!! ajua

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Viniciuslira

    this guy is just awesome

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • woca

    Unbelievably beautiful... I can't describe what his guitar does to my soul... So beautiful... :-)

    23 Sep 2011 Reply
  • boehj

    i first heard ernest around 1994. i was in a cd store browsing around and the dude put 'now is the time' in the store player. within a minute i was at the counter begging for him to eject it so i could buy that cd. the love affair has continued ever since. top ten artist for me. so much groove.

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • YeshuaTheGreat

    The database fell over

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • Skutr4

    addictive (2) yeah

    18 Feb 2011 Reply
  • vitor7ast

    below the bassline is the fucking best music to hear while high

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • BeePositive

    What fusion !!!!! Oooh Yeh

    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • thestrokes1lp

    god damn he's damn good damnit.

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    very neat cross-section of dub and jazz. i dig it.

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • francescoNemesi


    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • smile_x

    Brought to me by David Rodigan some ten years ago and still love that music sooo much.

    15 Aug 2009 Reply
  • redgood41

    i love ranglin!

    13 May 2009 Reply
  • Parisblues

    taboo congratulations

    18 Mar 2009 Reply
  • TheLoneOfFall

    i love this sound... guitar's like a voice...... reggae of the finest.........

    11 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Zingapoin

    Extraordinary music!!! The best recomendation from Last far...!!!

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
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