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Neol Davies


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Coventry, United Kingdom (1979 – present)

Neol Davies started his guitar playing inspired by the music of the early /mid 60s, The Shadows, Duane Eddy, The Beatles and The Who, and played in various Blues, Reggae and Soul outfits before becoming a pivotal figure and co-founder of 2 Tone Records. This kick-start to the vibrant musical and social culture of Coventry, UK saw the emergence of a proliferation of bands linked by reggae, roots and, more famously, , not only in the UK but all over the world. His seminal instrumental composition, The Selecter, on which he played everything except drums and trombone, coupled with Gangsters by The Specials, was to be the first 2 Tone Records release, “Gangsters vs. The Selecter”, reaching no.6 in the UK charts in July 1979. became the name for the music itself and the whole look and style continues to influence and inspire.

While Gangsters vs The Selecter was “storming the charts” Neol formed the 7 piece band The Selecter and had already written most of the songs that were to become major hits - notably the classics On My Radio, Missing Words, 3 Minute Hero and Too Much Pressure. Although The Selecter sadly disbanded in the early 80s, they played hundreds of legendary gigs in many countries establishing a reputation as one of the premier live acts of the time.

The demise of The Selecter was not planned!! But it happened and Neol put it behind him by setting up a home studio, writing more songs and playing gigs, earning a reputation as a top Blues guitarist and singer, until The Selecter reformed in 1991 to undertake a tour of the US, Japan and Europe.

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