The Blues Busters

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The Jamaican vocal duo Philip James and Lloyd Campbell formed the Blues Busters in 1962. They began by performing in cabaret shows in Kingston and on the north coast to the tourists with their interpretations…
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The Jamaican vocal duo Philip James and Lloyd Campbell formed the Blues Busters in 1962. They began by performing in cabaret shows in Kingston and on the north coast to the tourists with their interpretations of then current R&B favourites. Their lucky break came when the duo was invited to accompany the soul legend Sam Cooke on his Jamaican tour. Naturally curious, they scrutinized his performance and were inspired by him. On returning to the cabaret circuit they emulated his soulful harmonies and were soon recording a number of cover versions of popular soul and reggae tunes. They enjoyed minor hits with the singles ‘Thinking’ and ‘Privileged’, although they relished greater commercial success with their hit compilations. The group also attempted to write and produce their own material with songs such as ‘Baby I’m Sorry’ and ‘Keep On Doing It’. In the late 70s, acknowledging their support on the inspirational Jamaican tour with Sam Cooke, the duo recorded a tribute to the star. They recorded together for almost 25 years, including productions with Byron Lee, Lloyd Charmers and Neville Hinds.