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RIP Bobby Ellis (1932-2016)
Ellis attended Alpha Boys School playing both trumpet and the flugelhorn. The school's band played classical, waltzes and marches and it was there that Bobby learned his timing, harmony and form. Afterwards he became the horn arranger for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One before playing on countless releases for a plethora of producers, labels and releases. He even played with Burning Spear's Burning Band and toured with them worldwide for twelve years. In 2014 Bobby Ellis received the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican government for his contribution to Jamaica's music. I had heard rumors earlier in the week that Bobby Ellis had died and it was then that I started picking out some of my favorites and putting together a tribute mix. Sadly, the news was confirmed this morning by the Jamaica Observer in this short obituary.
Here is what I have put together in this mix...
1. Stormy Weather w/The Crystalites
2. Psalms 9 To Keep In Mind w/Tommy McCook
3. Dollar A Head w/The Crystalites
4. Shank I Shek
5. The Emperor w/The Crystalites
6. Determination Skank w/Don Drummond Jr. and Glen Brown
7. Weather Report w/Deadly Headly
8. Step Softly w/The Crystalites
9. Green Mango w/Tommy McCook
10. James Ray
11. Kojak w/Tommy McCook
12. Militant Salute w/The Professionals
13. Ska Baby w/The Upsetters
14. Glorious Lion w/Tommy McCook
15. Bad Cow Skank w/Tommy McCook
Rest in peace Bobby Ellis. Your contributions to music and the enjoyment you have provided myself and countless others is immeasurable. You will not be forgotten.
The Cheers Travel World / RIP Bobby Ellis (1932-2016)