British guitarist who blended ska, rockabilly, and danceable beats with his 2-Tone and ska revival band The Specials.
He was influenced by a range of musicians, from Elvis to Jimmy Dean.
He has referred to his style of music as "Skabilly," a term he coined in 1981 in an interview with the Face Magazine.
His dad was a trumpet player, as was his grandfather.
His first group, the Wild Boys, was inspired by Lou Reed.