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Jamaican Guitar Legend Ernest Ranglin to Receive 2005 Caribbean Sunshine Award
Published September 27, 2005

Jamaica's world renowned guitarist will receive the award on October 29 in New York City for his many years of contribution to Caribbean music.

September 12, 2005, Cleveland, OH—The Caribbean Sunshine Awards organization announced that Jamaica’s world renowned guitarist and Telarc recording artist Ernest Ranglin will receive the 2005 Caribbean Sunshine Award on October 29 in New York City for his many years of contribution to Caribbean music.

Over the years, Ranglin has performed with music legends such as saxophonist, Bertie King, Cuban saxophonist, Roland Alphonso, and George Benson.  He was the arranger on the worldwide hit “My Boy Lollipop” performed by Millie Small, which sold over eight million copies.  He also contributed to hits like “It Hurts to Be Alone” for the Wailers and “Rivers of Babylon” for the Melodians. In fact, Ranglin has performed all forms of music, including ska, rock-steady, reggae, jazz, and calypso. He is also featured on over 100 albums.  His latest Telarc releases include Modern Answers to Old Problems, Gotcha!, Rocksteady (with Monty Alexander) and Surfin’.

Ranglin was awarded the “Jamaican Order of Distinction” in 1973 and the “Musgrave Medal” in 1992.  In 2004, he received a “Doctors of Letters” from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and the “Commander of the Order of Distinction” from the Jamaican Government.

Ranglin said, “I feel great and I am very pleased by this honor from the Caribbean Sunshine Awards.  I have been following the Caribbean Sunshine Awards for sometime now and the organization has recognized and paid tribute to some great legends and stalwarts.  I am honored to be among those who have received such great tributes for their work and I look forward to being at the gala event to accept it in person.” 

The Calypso King of the World, The Mighty Sparrow said “In keeping with the depth at which the Caribbean Sunshine Awards seeks to identify and recognize the musical greats, it is not surprising that Ernest Ranglin is nominated this year for the Caribbean Sunshine Awards.  Ernie is a great and talented musician.  He plays that guitar with such ease and comfort.  He is a legend and very deserving of the 2005 Caribbean Sunshine Award.”

The Caribbean Sunshine Awards was founded in 1989 to pay tribute to the creators, producers and performers of Caribbean art, dance, and music.  This year the program will be staged on Saturday, October 29, at the Sheraton New York Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue in New York City.  Reservations for tickets can be made by calling 201-836-0799, by fax 201-836-4440 or at