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As members departed to start the Fun Boy Three, Dammers regrouped under his old band name of The Special AKA and had his greatest international success with Free Nelson Mandela, a song that helped embarrass the racist South African government.
HONOUR: Clive Blackburn, the partner of Delia Derbyshire, former Specials lead singer and songwriter Jerry Dammers and soul singer Ray King village.
What I like about Robert is that he comes from an era that wasn't just about money," adds Dammers.
In April 2014, Dammers received the South African Companions of OR Tambo Order silver award, a national honour, for his role in the antiapartheid movement.
Dammers, who scored a top 10 hit with the track performed by Special AKA, picked up the inspiration award at the 59th Ivor Novello Awards, which saw stars including Charlotte Church attending.
Amnesty - formerly Amnesty International - wants to find the next generation of protest singers And Dammers, 58, from Coventry, certainly has all the qualifications.
Byline: JERRY DAMMERS The Specials star who wrote FREE NELSON MANDELA recalls effect Mandela had on him
Some British musicians such as Billy Bragg, Paul Weller and Jerry Dammers demanded an apology from Simon.
Thursday night in the capital sees the Hanover Street pub wars, with Graeme Park in 99 Hanover Street and Jerry Dammers from The Specials at Soba.
JERRY DAMMERS Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham, 0121 444 2081, SundayTHE founder and songwriter of Coventry band s The Specials ventures out for a rare evening of ska, reggae, roots, soul and funk.
The reformed band are two members short of the classic lineup, with songwriter Jerry Dammers and second singer Neville Staples out of the picture.
Those unsated can head back to World Headquarters for an aftershow DJ set by none other than former Special, Jerry Dammers.
The trail begins at Coventry University, the former Lanchester Polytechnic, where The Specials' Jerry Dammers first met Horace Panter.
Keyboard player Jerry Dammers is not appearing with the band due to an ongoing spat.
They have already played alongside illustrious artists like Madness, The Skatalites, Rico, Zion Train, Jerry Dammers, Dub Side of The Moon creators Easy Star All-Stars, and had Studio One diva Dawn Penn and TJ Chill from Afrika Bambaatas Zulu Nation both perform with them.