Prince Buster Is No More. Ska Music Pioneer has died, aged 78
Prince Buster, Jamaican music legend, was a major influence on the UK's late-'70s ska revival
Jamaican singer-songwriter-producer Prince Buster has died at the age of 78.
He passed away September 8 at a hospital in South Florida, the Jamaica Observer reports, having been ill for some time following a series of strokes. His death was confirmed by his son, Kareem Ali.
The singer, songwriter and producer - born Cecil Bustamente Campbell - was revered as a pioneer of Jamaican ska and rocksteady music all through the '60s. After originally being released in 1964, his single 'Al Capone' became a hit in the UK three years later.
Prince Buster later became a major influence on the UK's late-'70s ska revival. Madness’s 1979 single 'The Prince' was written in tribute to him and during the same year, the Camden band took a cover of Prince Buster's song 'One Step Beyond' into the UK Top Ten. The Specials also covered and sampled several of Prince Buster's songs.