"The Specials" were an English band formed in 1977 in Coventry. They fused elements of punk and ska to create a new sound that became known as Two Tone. They were best known for singles including "A Message To You Rudy", "Ghost Town", "Too Much Too Young" and their debut, "Gangsters". The band members were Jerry Dammers, Terry Hall, Roddy Radiation, John Bradbury, Sir Horace Gentleman (aka Horace Panter), Lynval Golding and Neville Staples.
Shortly after being formed in 1977 by Dammers, Golding, and Gentleman, the band performed minor gigs under the name 'The Coventry Automatics'. Terry Hall and Roddy Radiation joined the band the following year, and the band changed its name to 'The Coventry Specials' and then to 'The Special AKA'. Joe Strummer of The Clash had attended one of their gigs, and invited 'The Special AKA' to open for his band in their "On Parole UK Tour". This performance gave The AKA a new level of national exposure, and they briefly shared the Clash's management. However, in 1979, Dammers decided to form his own label, and 2-Tone Records was born. On this label, the band released "Gangsters," which became a Top Ten hit in 1979. The band had begun wearing t...
|years active|| 1977–1981|
|music genre||Two tone, ska|
|current members|| Jerry Dammers|
Terry Hall (singer)