Date(s) - 11/11/2021
Neville and Christine Staple will be delivering Coventry Lord Mayor’s Peace Lecture 2021 on 11th November 2021.
The exact location and time are still to be decided.
Neville was a regular fixture at the Locarno Ballroom in Coventry, where he met the resident DJ there, Pete Waterman. Waterman briefly managed the Specials and would later write the foreword to Staple’s 2009 biography, Original Rude Boy.
His early vocal style was mostly “toasting”—or chanting over a rhythm—a forerunner of rapping brought to Britain in the 1960s by musicians from Jamaica. Neville honed his toasting skills in the sound system scene in Coventry during the 1970s, first on his cousin’s “Messenger Sound” and later his own system called “Jah Baddis”. In the Specials, Staple sang lead vocals on some tracks or additional and backing vocals alongside Terry Hall’s lead. He also contributed to the writing of many of their songs.
Christine “Sugary” Staple has been writing, producing and performing in film, video and music since her teens and is the wife and manager of the Original Rude boy Neville. She is especially known for bringing energy, charisma and fun to the stage during tours and shows.