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Desmond Dekker (born Desmond Adolphus Dacres in Kingston, Jamaica on July 16, 1941, died May 25 2006) was a ska and reggae singer and songwriter. Together with his backing group, The Aces (consisting of Wilson James and Easton Barrington Howard), he had the first international Jamaican hit with "Israelites". Other hits include "007 (Shanty Town)" (1967), and "It Mek" (1968).

Before the ascent of Bob Marley, Desmond…

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  • Any Desmond Deckker and the Aces fans out there who knows where Rudy, the base guitarist in the early 70s, is now. He used to live in Lewisham. If you happen to read this Rudy - get in touch.
  • it's "Aces High", last.fm you are a failure
  • fantastic musician
  • Forgot to add - The King is Dead - Haile Desmond
  • I had the thrill of seeing him live - he even came on to me but I thought he could get if he really wants - elsewhere! A real showman - Brilliant, Mythical Rude Boy
  • The king of the ska is right here on top
  • desmond used to come to a pizza restaurant my dad managed back in the late 80s in forest hill, apparently he would only order spaghetti bologanise !
  • oooooh the israelites a-a-ah
  • OK.... SORRY! (shame) i was just on the Desmond Dekker site (sans the Aces) and they would not provide the full version of "The Israelites" and i being of Scottish orgin and fully shite faced said rude things... sorry! THANK YOU for providing the full version of this song!!!
  • Intensified!

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