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The Four Aces

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Musical groups in three genres have shared the name The Four Aces.

1. The Aces, initially known as “The Four Aces” were a Jamaican vocal group who are best known for their work with Desmond Dekker, but who also recorded without him. The initial line-up of the Aces was Clive Campbell, Barry Howard, Carl Howard, and Patrick Howard. The group came to the attention of Dekker, who supported them when they auditioned for Leslie Kong at Beverley’s studio in 1965. The producer employed the group as backing singers for Dekker, recording many hits with him including “The King of Ska” (where they were credited as His Cherry Pies), “Get Up Adinah” (on which they were credited as the Four Aces”), huge hits such as “007 (Shanty Town)” and “Israelites”, and the winner of the 1968 Festival Song Contest, “Music Like Dirt”. By 1967 the only remaining original member was Barry Howard, along with Winston Samuels. Dekker’s international success led to overseas tours, but the Aces were not taken along, Samuels refusing to fly, stating “Rastas did not fly on iron birds”, and Barry Howard having already decided to emigrate to the United States. Instead they stayed in Jamaica and recorded without Dekker. They had a Jamaican hit in 1970 with “Mademoiselle Ninette”, and by 1971 the line-up had again changed, with Barry now rejoined by Carl Howard.

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