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Desmond Dekker & The Aces


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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 Dekker was the best-known Jamaican musician outside of his country, and one of the most popular within it. He was orphaned as a teenager. Dekker began working as a welder, singing around his workplace while his coworkers encouraged him. In 1961, he auditioned for Coxsone Dodd (Studio One) and Duke Reid (Treasure Isle). Neither were impressed by his talents, and the young man moved on to Leslie Kong’s Beverley record label, where he auditioned before Derrick Morgan, then the label’s biggest star. With Morgan’s support, Dekker was signed but did not record until 1963, because Leslie Kong wanted to wait for the perfect song. Dekker’s “Honour Your Father and Mother” was to be that song.


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  • Looking_4_Rudy

    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.

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • JOEmeow

    it's "Aces High", you are a failure

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • chilled_out

    fantastic musician

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • shazam137

    Forgot to add - The King is Dead - Haile Desmond

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • shazam137

    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

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • danmanson138

    The king of the ska is right here on top

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • charlieclement

    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 !

    7 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Yamber

    oooooh the israelites a-a-ah

    19 Aug 2008 Reply
  • turtleheadtom

    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!!!

    3 Aug 2008 Reply
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    24 Jul 2008 Reply
  • dundee12

    old school

    23 Dec 2007 Reply
  • lincredible

    makes me a little upset that he only has 90,000 plays. the man paved the ska highway for crying out loud!

    27 Nov 2007 Reply
  • antiloop68

    Desmond Dekker rules. The King of Ska!

    14 Nov 2007 Reply
  • mrpulcher

    It don't get much cooler than this.

    4 Nov 2007 Reply
  • TheProgMan

    Desmond, R.I.P., King of Ska !

    15 Jan 2007 Reply
  • andylambert17

    R.I.P. you are a legend!

    27 May 2006 Reply

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