Rolling Stone’s 250 Best Guitarists of All Time – Stephen Coore, Ernie Ranglin, Earl Smith & Lynn Taitt

by Howard Campbell

SOUTH FLORIDA – Three Jamaicans and a Trinidadian have made Rolling Stone Journal’s 250 Best Guitarists of All Time which was launched final week. The Jamaicans are Stephen “Cat” Coore (quantity 91), Ernie Ranglin (quantity 179), and Earl “Chinna” Smith (quantity 181).

Trinidadian Lynn Taitt is available in at quantity 204 on the record which is topped by the legendary Jimi Hendrix.

Stephen “Cat” Coore

Stephen Cat Coore - Third World at Westchester Reggae Festival
Stephen “Cat” Coore of Third World performing on the September 2 Westchester Reggae Competition in New York.

Rolling Stone lauded Coore’s work with Third World, saying, “He virtually redefined the heights that reggae guitar might soar to, with searing solos that may stand alongside these of probably the most acclaimed rock guitar gods.”

It cited his solo on Strive Jah Love (a track co-written by Stevie Surprise) as on par with Carlos Santana, one in every of Coore’s largest influences, who made the chart at quantity 11.

Ernest Ranglin

The journal famous Ranglin’s position as a pioneer.

Ernest Ranglin - Master Musician Ernie Ranglin to be Honored
Ernest Ranglin

“It’s a easy equation: No Ernest Ranglin, no reggae. Ranglin was a chief architect of Jamaican ska within the early Sixties, inventing the rhythm-guitar sample of taking part in on the upbeat, paving the way in which for rocksteady after which reggae. He performed on the primary worldwide ska hit, Millie Small’s 1964 smash “My Boy Lollipop”, and got here up with the basic riff on Toots and the Maytals’ seminal “54-46 Was My Quantity”.

Earl “Chinna” Smith

Smith, arguably reggae’s most prolific session musician, has performed with Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, Dennis Brown and Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers.

In line with Rolling Stone, “As a member of (producer) Bunny Lee’s Aggrovators, and later the Soul Syndicate (band), Smith influenced a era of Jamaican gamers. Except for his tight rhythm and riff taking part in, he was additionally identified for developing with guitar intros for songs reminiscent of Marley’s Rat Race and Dennis Brown’s Cassandra.”

Lynn Taitt

Taitt, who died in 2010, is often thought-about the creator of rock regular, which got here after ska. From the San Fernando area of Trinidad, he went to Jamaica within the early Sixties. Lynn performed on songs that turned seminal. They embrace Take it Simple by Hopeton Lewis and (007) Shantytown by Desmond Dekker. As well as, The Aces and Lady I’ve Obtained a Date by Alton Ellis.