The Blues Busters

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The Blues Busters
Origin Montego Bay, Jamaica
Genres Ska, soul, Blue Beat, Reggae
Years active 1960–mid-1980s
Labels Blue Beat, Island, Dynamic, Sarge
Past members Philip James
Lloyd Campbell

The Blues Busters were a Jamaican vocal duo formed in 1960, comprising Philip James and Lloyd Campbell.[1] The Blues Busters were the most consistently popular Jamaican male duo of the early 1960s,[2] and were part of the Jamaican party that performed at the 1964 New York World's Fair.[3] They initially worked in cabaret shows to tourists in Kingston and Jamaica's north coast, but got their big break when they were asked to accompany Sam Cooke on his tour of the island in March, 1961.[1][4] Taking inspiration from Cooke, on returning to the cabaret circuit they emulated the soulful harmonies of his performances and recorded a number of soul and reggae cover versions, having minor hits with "Thinking" and "Privilege".[1] They continued until the mid-1980s, by which time they had released several albums, one of which was a tribute to Cooke.[1]



  • Behold How Sweet It Is (1964), Sunshine
  • The Best of the Blues Busters (1965), Sunshine
  • Each One Teach One (1970/1971), Dynamic
  • Philip and Lloyd (1975), Scepter
  • Truth (1979), Sarge
  • Tribute to Sam Cooke (1980), Sarge
  • Top of the Pops (1982), Echo
  • How Sweet It Is (1997), Kingston Gold
  • The Best of the Blues Busters, Dynamic
  • In Memory of the Blues Busters: Their Best Ska and Soul Hits 1964-1966 (1993), Jamaican Gold
  • Behold! The Anthology (2005), Trojan


  • "Little Vilma" (1960), Limbo
  • "Early One Morning", Limbo
  • "There's Always Sunshine" (1962), Blue Beat
  • "Tell Me Why" (1962), Blue Beat
  • "Behold!" (1962), Island
  • "Donna" (1964), Coxsone, Blue Beat
  • "How Sweet It Is" (1965), Island
  • "Wings of a Dove" (1965), Island
  • "I've Been Trying" (1966), Dr. Bird
  • "There's Always Sunshine" (1967), Dr. Bird
  • "Each One Teach One" (1967), Dynamic
  • "I Can't Stop" (1967), Jay Boy
  • "I've Gotta Be There", Capitol
  • "Baby I'm Sorry", Dynamic
  • "Are You Changing", Hot Stuff
  • "Keep On Doing It"
  • "Love is the Answer", Minit
  • "Sweetest Thing" (1976), Dynamic
  • "Unless", BMN


  1. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 32
  2. ^ Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) The Rough Guide to Reggae, 3rd edn., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4, p. 22
  3. ^ Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6, p. 264
  4. ^