As much as anyone, the skatalite, guitarist Jerome ‘Jah Jerry’ Hinds can claim to having invented ska. In the late 1940s, when he was taught by the grate Ernest Ranlin and ‘boogie’ reigned in the dancehall. Jerome coated “my father had a guitar and I played a little with it, then took it to Ernest Ranglin” That was in 1948 and he helped me out”. He taught him all the grate old tunes that he played, tunes that he used to play in the dance. The first one was “Sunny Side of the Streets”, and Swanee River. Then he started playing with the Val Bennett big band, at the Caribbean Hotel, in the middle 1950s. he played in a lot more bands until finally he reached Drumbago and went into the recording business.

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