The Specials featuring Rico - A Message to You Rudy

The Specials featuring Rico - A Message to You Rudy

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Single by The Specials featuring Rico
from the album The Specials
A-side "Nite Klub" (double A-side)
Released 1979
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Rocksteady Ska 2 Tone
Length 2:54
Label 2 Tone
Songwriters Dandy Livingstone
Producers Elvis Costello
The Specials singles chronology
"A Message to You, Rudy"
"Too Much Too Young"


  "A Message to You, Rudy" is a 1967 rocksteady song by Dandy Livingstone. Originally entitled "Rudy, A Message to You", the song later achieved broader success when, in 1979, The Specials' cover reached number 10 in the UK Singles Chart.

Veteran trombone player Rico Rodriguez played on both Livingstone's and The Specials' versions.

Chart performance

Chart (1979) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 10
Chart (1980) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austrai Top 40) 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 29




The Specials - A Message to You Rudy / Nite Klub

UK Two Tone CHS TT 5 (1979).

Record produced by Elvis Costello.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

The record centre hole displays no signs of spindle wear.

The record comes with an original company paper sleeve.

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