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TROMBONIST Rico Rodriquez, died in London at age 80, a versatile musician who made an impact in Jamaica and the United Kingdom where he lived for over 45 years.

Born in Cuba and grew up in Jamaica, he played on a number of groundbreaking songs in Jamaica and the UK. These include Oh Carolina by the Ffolkes Brothers, Prince Buster's Wash Wash and Rudy A Message to You, a big hit in England in 1967 for Jamaican singer Dandy Livingston. Rodriquez, attended the Alpha Boys' School in Kingston where he learned music, moved to the UK in the early 1960s. There, he recorded for several producers as ska and blue beat grew in popularity.

In the 1970s, he maintained a presence on the music scene, recording with British band The Specials. "Rico played on much of the early reggae recordings made in Britain; at the same time, he enjoyed popularity as a solo artiste, releasing albums under his own name from 1969, such as Blow Your Horn.

" His jazz-reggae album he recorded in Jamaica and London. Man From Wareika is considered one of Jamaican music's great works. For his impact on the British music scene, Rodriquez was awarded an MBE in 2007. In 2012, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him a Silver Musgrave Medal for his contribution to the development of the country's music. Rico Rodriquez is survived by his wife Tracey and several children.