|Prince Buster and his great friend/collaborator|
Gaz Mayall in Japan, 2003.
The Guardian has published a pretty comprehensive obituary and others, no doubt, will follow.
Prince Buster's legacy is enormous--it cannot be overstated how much of an impact he had on the creation and popularization of 1960s ska and rocksteady as both a producer and performer. And his music has inspired successive generations of fans and musicians worldwide (2 Tone might never have gotten off the ground without him; the first two hit singles for 2 Tone involved Buster originals: The Specials' appropriation of "Al Capone" for "Gangsters" and Madness' cover of "Madness" on the flip side of their tribute to Buster, "The Prince").
At some point in the near future, I'll write-up a more extensive tribute to Prince Buster (possibly an overview of some of his best recordings).
My deep condolences (and those of many others) go out to Buster's family, friends, colleagues, and fans. His music endures, but he will be sorely missed.
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