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Trombonist Rico Rodriguez dies at 80

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2015 | 9:30 AM

Rico Rodriguez, the trombonist in ska band The Specials has died at the age of 80.

The Specials announced his death in a tweet yesterday.

Rodriguez played with the band on songs including the 1979 hit A Message to You Rudy.

He was born in Cuba and grew up in Jamaica, before moving to England in the 1960s.

As well as playing with The Specials, Rodriguez performed as a solo artist, recording albums including Man from Wareika, Blow Your Horn and Brixton Cat with his band Rico and the Rudies.

He worked with many different musicians and producers during a lengthy career, including Prince Buster, Karl Pitterson and Jools Holland in his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.

The United Kingdom honoured him with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2007 for services to music.