Rasta Royalty: Phil Chen Receives Jamaica's Order of Distinction

Veteran bassist joins the ranks of previous recipients Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Ernest Ranglin.
By Chris Jisi ,

Veteran bassist Phil Chen, best known for his seminal sides with Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Pete Townshend, the Doors, and Eddie Van Halen, received the prestigious Order of Distinction for his contributions to Jamaican music, at the King’s House in his native Jamaica, on October 20.

Reached about the award back home in Los Angeles, Phil offered, “I’m deeply honored to join the ranks of previous OD recipients Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Ernest Ranglin, all of whom I’ve been fortunate to play with, and who shaped and inspired me in my career Stateside. My heartfelt thanks to the Prime Minister, the Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, and the people of Jamaica for believing in me. I am proud to be Jamaican. One love rasta!”