The first Jamaican to have a top 20 hit in the UK – he defined the sound of ska in the 60s before going on to inspire the Two Tone movement of the late 70s.
Buster was the first Jamaican to have a top 20 hit in Britain with Al Capone in 1965 – other exuberant signature tunes included One Step Beyond and Enjoy Yourself.
He met Muhammad Ali in 1965 and converted Islam – changing his name to Muhammed Yusef Ali.
As the sound of reggae evolved Buster remained on the cutting edge of the genre – producing one of Jamaica’s first ever dub albums – The Message – Rodigan noted.
Prince Buster is also widely credited as the foundation of ska’s revival in the late 70s and early 80s – the so-called Two Tone movement.
British band Madness named themselves after Buster’s song Madness and titled their first single The Prince in tribute.
The Specials – another prominent Two Tone band – also covered Buster’s track Enjoy Yourself in 1980.