On this date in 1979, 2 Tone records released their first single. It was called "The Special AKA vs. The Selecter". On the front, The Special A.K.A. did "Gangsters". On the back, The Selecter did "The Selecter". The Special A.K.A. was an alternate name used by The Specials. It was the first release for the two Coventry, England ska bands. The single reached the #6 spot on the U.K. singles chart. It was the starting point for the legendary record label.
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