Prince buster

Cecil Bustamente Campbell OD (24 May 1938 – 8 September 2016), known professionally as Prince Buster, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer. He was regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of ska and rocksteady music. The records he released in the 1960s influenced and shaped the course of Jamaican contemporary music and created a legacy of work that later reggae and ska artists would draw upon. [...]

The UK ska revival at the end of the 1970s that started with the 2-Tone label from Coventry introduced Campbell's music to a new generation of listeners. In 1979 the band Madness released their first single on 2-Tone, a tribute to Campbell called "The Prince". The B-side was a cover of the Campbell song "Madness" from which they took their name. Their second single, released on the Stiff label ("The Prince" would be the only single released by Madness on the 2-Tone label), was a cover of Campbell's "One Step Beyond", which reached the UK Top 10. On their self-titled debut album, the Specials covered "Too Hot" and borrowed elements from Campbell's "Judge Dread" (in the song "Stupid Marriage") and "Al Capone" (in the song "Gangsters"). The Specials also included a cover of "Enjoy Yourself" on their second album More Specials. The Beat covered "Rough Rider" and "Whine & Grine" on their album I Just Can't Stop It.

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Prince Buster - al capone

Prince Buster - al capone

Peel is not known to have played Prince Buster on his Radio One shows before 1979 and the UK ska revival based on bands such as Specials, Madness and the Beat, who saw Prince Buster as a huge influence and covered his old songs. In the second half of the year, with 2-Tone bands exploding in popularity across the UK, supported strongly by Peel, the DJ found himself playing numerous vintage tracks by the ska pioneer for a new generation of listeners.

Prince Buster first hit the UK singles charts in 1967 with 'Al Capone,'[1] and it is possible that Peel played the record on the pirate station Radio London, which included ska, blue-beat and reggae records in its daytime playlists, when he covered for other DJs during the day, although he did not play such material on his own late-night Perfumed Garden show.[1] In 1979, the Specials would revamp the song for their debut single, 'Gangsters'.

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  1. On the existing fragment of Peel hosting a daytime show on 01 July 1967, the ad for the station's "Holidays with DJs" venture includes an interview with a local DJ, who mentions "Al Capone"'s popularity with the dancers at the holiday resort concerned

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