Ernie Ranglin struts to 90
Master guitarist and composer Ernest “Ernie” Ranglin (left) gets a hug from veteran drummer and composer Grub Cooper at Sunday’s brunch to celebrate Ranglin’s 90th birthday. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

Jamaican master guitarist and composer Ernest “Ernie” Ranglin celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday with close friends at a brunch on Widcombe Drive in St Andrew.

Ranglin, who was invested with the Order of Jamaica in the 2021, has had a long career in music, starting as a teenager, and has an extensive discography covering ska, rocksteady, reggae, and jazz.

Among his friends and associates at Sunday’s celebration was veteran drummer and composer Grub Cooper who said that Ranglin is one of the greatest guitarists ever, and recalled that Ranglin was the man who encouraged him, when he was a student, to play music.

Here are highlights from the celebration.

Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson (left), who was once a music producer, seems to be discussing the finer points of music with master guitarist and composer Ernest “Ernie” Ranglin at the latter’s 90th birthday brunch in St Andrew on Sunday.
Veteran drummer Desi Jones (left) is greeted by former Prime Minister PJ Patterson at Sunday’s 90th birthday brunch for master guitarist and composer Ernie Ranglin.
Ernie Ranglin is a picture of joy as he celebrates his 90th birthday with his wife Joan on Sunday.
Ernie Ranglin (left) celebrates his 90th birthday on Sunday with some of Jamaica’s music greats (from second left) Jay Douglas, Myrna Hague, and Jimmy James.

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