The Ordinary Boys first met Ranking Junior way back in 2005 at a festival in Japan, when Junior was performing with his father as part of The Special Beat, a band made up of members of 2 Tone heavyweights The Specials and The Beat. The Ordinary Boys were fresh from chart success following the release of their celebrated single 'Boys Will Be Boys'. After sharing the stage and performing together, the two bands bonded over their love of ska, rock and being on the road, sparking a close friendship between The Ordinary Boy's front man Samuel Preston and Ranking Junior.
It was when Junior called Preston to inform him of his father's death on 26th March 2019 at the young age of 56, that they decided to get into the studio, both feeling the need to pay homage to Ranking Roger and mark his passing by working together on new songs. The result is 'Legacy', a catchy and accessible track that is both deep and euphoric in equal measure, that perfectly showcases Ranking Junior's powerful vocal and highlights the songwriting skills of Samuel Preston, who had been penning hits for artists as diverse as Cher, Enrique Eglesias and Liam Payne prior to recording.
Ranking Junior comments: "This song is a celebration of my father's life and it seems a fitting tribute to release it on the anniversary of his passing."
All proceeds of this release will be donated to Cancer Research.
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