In the 1950s, Rodriguez became a Rastafarian and was closely associated musically to the rasta drummer Count Ossie. In 1961 Rodriguez moved to the UK and started to play in reggae bands. In 1976 he recorded the album Man from Wareika under a contract with Island Records. In the late 1970s, with the arrival of the 2 Tone genre, he played with ska revival bands such as the Specials including their single "A Message to You, Rudy". Rodriguez formed the group Rico and the Rudies and recorded the albums Blow Your Horn and Brixton Cat.
In 1995 Island Records released the album Roots to the Bone, an updated version of Rodriguez's earlier work Man from Wareika. From 1996, among other engagements, he played with Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and also performed at various ska festivals throughout Europe with his own band. He retired from performing with Jools Holland in 2012. He was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) at Buckingham Palace on 12 July 2007, for services to music. In October 2012 he was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal by the Institute of Jamaica in recognition of his contribution to Jamaican music. On 4 September 2015, following a short illness in a London hospital, Rodriguez died aged 80. Born on 17th October 1934 in Kingston, Jamaica, by the age of ten he had learnt to play the trombone from strict nuns.
In the 1950s, Rodriguez became a Rasta, and became closely musically related to Rasta drummer Count Ossie. He recorded with many producers, including Prince Buster and Lloyd 'Matador' Daley. In 1961, Rodriguez moved to Eng;and, where he continued to play in reggae bands. In 1976 he recorded his most important album Man from Wareika.
Then in the late 1970s he played with two-tone bands like The Specials. One of his most memorable performances was on "A Message to You, Rudy". Since 1996, amongst other engagements, he has been playing with Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. Read more on Last.fm.
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