R.I.P: Emmanuel “Rico” Rodriguez, 1934-2015

September 7, 2015

Theophilus Beckford – “Easy Snapping” (1959)


Recorded in 1956 by Coxsone Dodd but not released until 1959, this proto-ska hit featured a young Rico Rodriguez on trombone. The single was No. 1 for eighteen months in Jamaica and even found popularity in the U.K. when it was still rare for music from the Caribbean to find traction across the Atlantic.