Allen Behind The Specials Reunion
Ska legends THE SPECIALS' reunion was brought about by an unlikely mediator - pop star LILY ALLEN.
The Too Much Too Young hitmakers reformed after their successful appearance at Britain's Bestival show in September (08) - the first time the original group had played together since their 1981 split.
And despite numerous attempts to reform during the 1990s, it was the Smile hitmaker's 2007 appearance at U.K. music festival Glastonbury that set reformation plans in motion - after she invited frontman Terry Hall and singer/guitarist Lynval Golding to join her onstage.
And Golding praises Allen for persuading the band to re-group.
He says, "Lily does what she does brilliantly. She helped push us back together when she got Terry (Hall) back with Neville (Staple) at Glastonbury in 2007.
"She played a massive part in it. I love her to bits."