Label: Not On Label - none • Format: Cassette Album • Country: Jamaica • Genre: Reggae • Style: Rocksteady
The records he released in the s influenced and shaped the course of Jamaican contemporary music and created a legacy of work that would be drawn upon later by reggae and ska artists. Anne's School. While at school Campbell performed three or Accion Directa - Rip Kc - Rip Kc times a week at the Glass Bucket Club, as part of Frankie Lymon 's Sing Sweet Beat - Prince Buster - Judge Dread Dance Troupe; rock 'n' roll-themed shows were popular during the s, with the Glass Bucket Club establishing a reputation as the premier music venue and social club for Jamaican teenagers at that time.
Campbell became more actively involved in the operational side of running a sound system after he was introduced to Clement 'Coxsone' Dodda musically inclined businessman who operated one of Kingston's most popular sound systems. Campbell found himself fulfilling a variety of roles for Coxsone: providing security, handling ticket receipts, identifying and sourcing music as well as working in the essential role of selector.
The knowledge he gained about the financial and logistical aspects of staging a sound system dance was put to good use when Campbell made the decision to start his own sound system called 'Voice of the People'.
Campbell's 'Voice of the People' sound system was soon operational and within a short time had established itself as a rival to the sound systems of Coxsone and Reid. Knowing that he wouldn't be able to personally source records from the US, Campbell decided to record his own music.
He approached Arkland "Drumbago" Parks, a professional drummer at the Baby Grand Club who had arranged and recorded a special exclusive recording for the Count Boysie sound system. Drumbago agreed to help and Campbell immediately began rehearsing with the musicians at the Baby Grand Club, including the guitarist Jah Jerry, who played on Campbell's first recording session.
Melodisc released the track on their subsidiary label Blue Beat ; the label would go on to become synonymous with s ska releases for the UK market. Campbell recorded prolifically throughout the s; notable early ska releases include: "Madness""Wash Wash"with Ernest Ranglin on bass" One Step Beyond " and " Al Capone " Campbell had a top twenty hit in the UK with the single "Al Capone" The Sun Is Burning - Various - A Feast Of Irish Folk. Campbell tracks like "Shaking Up Orange Street" were arranged with the slower, Touch Of Immortality - Mindflow - Just the Two of Us.
Me and Them soulful rocksteady template as used by Alton Ellis "Rock Steady" and many others. The album Judge Dread Rock Steady was released inand the title track "Judge Dread" with its satirical theme and vocal style proved to be popular to the point of parody. In the compilation album FABulous was released, opening with the track "Earthquake" which revisited the theme of Orange Street and including earlier hits.
The album has regularly been reissued in the UK. His career slowed up in the s as the predominant style moved away from ska and rocksteady towards roots reggae in part because as a Muslim he found it difficult to tailor his Sweet Beat - Prince Buster - Judge Dread towards a Rastafari audience. He subsequently moved to Miami to pursue business interests including running a jukebox Sweet Beat - Prince Buster - Judge Dread . In Campbell was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican Government for his contribution to music.
The UK ska revival at the end of the s that started with the 2-Tone label from Coventry introduced Campbell's music to a new generation of listeners. In the band Madness released their first single on 2-Tone, a tribute to Campbell called " The Prince ". It featured and was co-written by Saffiyah Khan, and was an attempt to modernise the content of Buster's song for the 21st century.
Campbell died on the morning of 8 September in Sweet Beat - Prince Buster - Judge Dread hospital in MiamiFlorida, after suffering heart problems, according to his wife. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Prince Buster. Ska rocksteady reggae. Retrieved 1 February Retrieved 8 February Retrieved 13 February Music Sales Group. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music 1st ed. Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. Miami New Times. Retrieved 16 February London: Guinness World Records Limited.
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