Reggae Music's Bobby Ellis Is Dead, He died from Pneumonia related illness


Bobby Ellis, the influential trumpeter who played on a number of groundbreaking Jamaican songs, died Tuesday 18th October 2016 at age 84.


Bobby Ellis born 2 July 1932, is a Jamaican trumpet player. He has worked with many reggae artists including Peter Tosh, Burning Spear and The Revolutionaries.

Born in Kingston, Bobby Ellis attended the Alpha Boys School which is famous for its musical alumni. While at this school Ellis received tuition on the trumpet and flugelhorn. The school's music curriculum consisted of marches, waltzes and classical pieces which gave Ellis an extensive knowledge of timing, harmony and form.

These factors have contributed to his work as a horn arranger for the Studio One. He also acted as arranger for producer Jack Ruby and was part of Ruby's studio band the Black Disciples, playing on Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey album and going on to tour as part of Spear's band for twelve years.

In August 2014 it was announced that he would receive the Order of Distinction in October that year.

Bobby Ellis died from Pneumonia related illness. Bobby Ellis would be buried on November 12, 2016.

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