Rolando Alphonso aka the chief musician
Born: Jan 12, 1931
Died: Nov 20, 1998
Saxophonist Roland Alphonso aka ‘The Chief Musician’ was one of the major figures of early ska and reggae on several fronts: his recordings as a
soloist and bandleader, his work as a member of the Skatalites, his prolific log of session appearances on 1960s Jamaican recordings, and his role as arranger for Studio One. He was born
in Cuba in 1931 to a Jamaican mother and Cuban father, and moved to
Jamaica with his mother when he was two years old. He suffered a burst blood vessel in his head during a Skatalites show in Hollywood in November 1998 and died after another burst vessel a few weeks later.