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The Selecter’s Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson has died: “A talented musician and an absolute gentlemen”

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The Selecter, has died.His death was confirmed by co-vocalist Pauline Black via the social media pages of their label Two Tone Records.

The statement said that he died after a short illness.“The world has lost a 2-Tone original, a talented musician and an absolute gentlemen.

We have lost our beloved friend and bandmate. RIP Gaps,” Black wrote.Hendrickson had been a musician in his hometown of Coventry prior to the formation of The Selecter in 1979.

The band went on to be a pivotal part of the 2-tone movement – which championed racial equality and harmony and was also profoundly anti-sexist – alongside acts like The Specials, Madness, The Beat, The Bodysnatchers and more.They broke through with their 1980 debut album ‘Too Much Pressure’ and its follow-up ‘Celebrate The Bullet’.Despite being one of the movement’s most successful bands, their original line-up only remained intact for a year, before they split up in 1982.They later reformed in 1991 with a slightly different line-up led by original co-vocalist Black.

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