Skip to comments.Prince Buster, Trailblazer of Ska, Dies at 78
Posted on 09/22/2016 2:01:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Prince Buster, a performer and producer who transformed Jamaican music in the 1960s as a trailblazer of the ska beat, died on Thursday in Miami. He was 78.
His wife, Mola Ali, confirmed his death to The Associated Press, saying he had been hospitalized with heart problems.
Under his own name and as the producer for many singers, Prince Buster released hundreds of songs in Jamaica. Sessions he produced as the 1960s began are widely credited as the first ska singles. They introduced a distinctively Jamaican emphasis on the upbeat, underlined on guitar and saxophone, that would persist as Jamaican pop evolved toward reggae.
In the late 1960s, Prince Buster had another influential guise: hit singles in which he spoke as Judge Dread, ruling harshly against the criminal exploits of Jamaicas rude boys.
Cecil Bustamente Campbell was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 24, 1938. He performed with teenage groups in Kingston; he also became a boxer, taking the name Prince Buster.
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All the Two-Tone ska bands came out from under Prince Buster's coat.
Madness was named after a Prince Buster song, covered another, One Step Beyond, and one of their first singles was The Prince, a tribute to him.
The Special's first single, Gangsters, was a reworking of his song Al Capone Their version of Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) was based on his.
The English Beat's first album had covers of his Whine and Grind and Rough Rider
Two Tone Britain
Facial structure much like young Cassius Clay.
I like his jacket.
I still enjoy listening to Madness’ tracks.
This cat had talent.
Dick Clark and ska.
Haha, I’m apparently “Red Bangarang”.
I guess that is better than my stripper name, which was “Dusty Springfield”.
I have this 45:
On the Prince Buster label--one of my favorites in this genre.
Celebrating Jamaica's independence.
When did you develop a a stutter?
must be the rum tremors.
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