How did The Specials get their name?
The group was formed in 1977 by songwriter/keyboardist Dammers, vocalist Tim Strickland, guitarist/vocalist Lynval Golding, drummer Silverton Hutchinson and bassist Horace Panter (a.k.a. Sir Horace Gentleman). Strickland was replaced by Terry Hall shortly after the band's formation. The band was first called the Automatics, then the Coventry Automatics.The Specials.com Vocalist Neville Staple and guitarist Roddy Byers (a.k.a. Roddy Radiation) joined the band the following year, and the band changed its name to the Special AKA or simply The Specials.