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Desmond Dekker

A Jamaican ska and reggae singer and songwriter.

Together with his backing group, "The Aces" consisting of Wilson James
Easton Barrington Howard he had one of the first international Jamaican hits with "Israelites".

Dekker was one of the most popular musicians within Jamaica, and one of the best-known musicians outside it.

He also worked with Bob Marley who actually told him to get into music.
They were both welders at the time.

In the early stages he moved on to Leslie Kong's Beverley's record label, where he auditioned before Derrick Morgan, then the label's biggest star.

Dekker was signed but did not record until 1963 because Kong wanted to wait for the perfect song, which "Honour Your Father and Mother" was felt to be.

"Honour Your Father and Mother" was a hit and was followed by "Sinners Come Home" and "Labour for Learning", .

Until 1967 Dekker's songs were polite and conveyed respectable, mainstream messages.

Dekker continued with songs in the same vein such as "Rude Boy Train" and "Rudie Got Soul", as well as continuing with his previous themes of religion and morality in songs like "It's a Shame".

In 1968 Dekker's "Israelites" was released, appearing on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Charts, and eventually topping the charts in 1969.

In the 1970s Dekker spent most of his time touring and moved to the UK.

In the early 1980s he saw his fortunes dwindle and he was declared bankrupt in 1984.

Desmond Dekker died of a heart attack on 25 May 2006, at his home in Thornton Heath in the London Borough of Croydon, England, aged 64.

His backing band "The Aces" with their current line up are still performing tribute concerts today.

Members include.

Delroy Williams - Backing Vocals
Gordon Mulrain - Bass guitarist
Aubrey Mulrain - Keyboard player
Steve Roberts - Guitarist
Leroy Green - Drummer
Stan Samuel - Guitarist
Charles Nelson - Keyboardist

Albums include.

This Is Desmond Dekkar (1969)
Israelites (1969)
You Can Get It If You Really Want (1970)
Black And Dekker (1980)
Compass Point (1981)
King of Ska with The Specials (1993)

All information may be obtained at the web address above.

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