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Jerome "Jah Jerry" Haynes
Born 11 August 1921(1921-08-11)
Kingston, Jamaica
Origin Jamaica
Died 13 August 2007 (aged 80)
Genres Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts The Skatalites

Jerome "Jah Jerry" Haynes (August 11, 1921–August 13, 2007) was a Jamaican guitarist, former member of The Skatalites, rastafarian.

Haynes was born in Trench Pen, presently known as Trench Town, the cultural capital of Jamaica, in 1921. He learned to play guitar from early years by his father and then by Ernest Ranglin. In 1949 he played with Jocelyn Trott Orchestra in Montego Bay.

This prepared him for his sojourn into organized playing when he hit the hotel circuit playing with the Jocelyn Trott Orchestra in Montego Bay, in 1949. In mid-1950s he freelanced with several other bands (i.e. saxophonist Val Bennett's jazz band) until he joined the Arkland "Drumbago" Park Studio Band. His upward "stumming" of the guitar became the signature style in the Boogie Shuffle/Ska[1]

In 1959 Haynes worked with Prince Buster and played guitar in many sessions. In 1961 was contracted exclusively to Coxsone Dodd, though played for other producers, such as Duke Reid, King Edwards the Giant and Lyndon Pottinger. In 1964 he was one of The Skatalites founders and played with them until 1965. With the break-up of the band he remained absent until 1981, when he featured on Rico Rodriguez That Man Is Forward album. 2 years later reformed The Skatalites played at Reggae Sunsplash festival.

Haynes left The Skatalites in 1986 and lived in relative anonymity in Jones Town.


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