Desmond Dekker (July 16, 1941 – May 25, 2006) was a Jamaican ska and reggae singer and songwriter. Together with his backing group, The Aces (consisting of Wilson James and Easton Barrington Howard), he had one of the first international Jamaican hits with “Israelites”. Other hits include “007 (Shanty Town)” (1967) and “It Miek” (1969). Before the ascent of Bob Marley, Dekker was one of the most popular musicians within Jamaica, and one of the best-known musicians outside it.
He was born Desmond Adolphus Dacres in St. Andrew, Jamaica and grew up in Kingston, where he attended the Alpha Boys' School. After his mother was taken ill and died, his father moved him to St. Mary, and then to St. Thomas, where he apprenticed as a tailor before returning to Kingston and taking a job as a welder, singing around his workplace while his co-workers encouraged him. In 1961 he auditioned for Coxsone Dodd (Studio One) and Duke Reid (Treasure Isle). Neither was impressed by his talents, and the...
Track listing: King of SkaHonour Your Father and MotherGet Up EdinaRude Boy Train007 (Shanty Town)IsraelitesMother's Young GirlMusic Like DirtIt MekPickney GalYou Can Get It If You Really WantHippopotamusBig Headed (dub mix)Young GenerationCarry Go Bring Come (feat. The Specials)King of Ska '93 (feat. The Specials) http://www.desmonddekker.com/
Track listing: Honour Your Mother and Your FatherThis Woman007 (Shanty Town)Keep a Cool HeadUnityWise ManMother Long ToungeIsraelitesIt Is Not EasyIntensified Festival 68A It MekMy Precious World (The Man)Mother PepperPickney GalYou Can Get It If You Really WantLicking StickReggae RecipeWarlockRude Boy TrainFu Manchu http://www.desmonddekker.com/
Track listing: IsraelitesPerseveranceYou Can Get It If You Really WantPickney GalThat's the Way Life GoesNincompoopPeace of MindTips of My FingersToo Much Too SoonI BelieveGet Up Little SuzieProblemsThe ManAh It MekRudy Got SoulIt's Not EasyRude Boy TrainIntensifiedMy Precious LoveFor Once in My Life http://www.desmonddekker.com/