Jamaican artist and producer Prince Buster has died, The Guardian reports. Buster, who was born Cecil Bustamente Campbell, was 78 years old. Buster was a pioneer of the Jamaican rocksteady genre, an evolution of ska that eventually led to reggae. He first began recording music in 1960, when he produced the Folkes Brothersâ€™ â€œOh Carolina.â€ The next year, he released the single â€œLittle Honeyâ€ (as Busterâ€™s Group). By 1963, Buster put out his first studio album, I Feel the Spirit. In 1967, his song â€œAl Caponeâ€ reached #18 on the UK Charts.
In the late â€™70s, a then-little-known London band called Morris and the Minors were inspired to change their name to Madness, after Busterâ€™s song of the same title. Madness then covered Busterâ€™s â€œOne Step Beyondâ€ (the b-side to â€œAl Caponeâ€), which charted in the UK top 10. In 2001, the Jamaican government awarded Buster an Order of Distinction for his contribution