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Desmond Dekker
Image:Http://www.dreadheadz.de/artists/07 05/Desmond 3.jpg
Desmond Dekker performing his hit song “Israelites” at the Wembley Arena in 1969
Born Desmond Adolphus Dacres
July 16, 1941(1941-07-16)
Kingston, Jamaica
Died May 25, 2006 (aged 64)
Surrey, England
Occupation Singer and songwriter
Website http://www.desmonddekker.com/

Desmond Dekker (July 16, 1941May 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. Israelites is a song which was written by Desmond Dekker and Leslie Kong for Desmond Dekker & The Aces. ... Wembley Arena at Night (Taken at a live WWE Show). ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is about Surrey, England. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ska (pron. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Israelites is a song which was written by Desmond Dekker and Leslie Kong for Desmond Dekker & The Aces. ... This article is about the reggae musician. ...

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Early days

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 young man moved on to Leslie Kong's Beverley record label, where he auditioned before Derrick Morgan, then the label's biggest star. The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. ... Alpha Boys School is a Catholic school in Kingston, Jamaica, established in 1892 as a school for wayward boys. The schools band, originally a drum and fife corps and later a brass band, has been credited with infuenced the development of reggae. ... A welder is a tradesman who specialises in welding materials together. ... Clement Seymour Sir Coxsone Dodd (Kingston, Jamaica, January 26, 1932 – May 5, 2004) was a Jamaican record producer who was influential in the development of reggae and other forms of Jamaican music in the 1950s, 60s and later. ... Studio One is one of Reggaes most renowned record labels, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. ... Duke Reid was a Jamaican record producer, DJ and label owner. ... Leslie Kong (1933–August 9, 1971) ran the Beverleys label. ... Arms of Beverley For other uses, see Beverley (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Derrick Morgan** was a musical artist in 1960s and 70s. ...


Early recording career

With Morgan's support, Dekker was signed but did not record until 1963 because Leslie 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 this was followed by “Sinners Come Home” and “Labour for Learning,” as well as a name change (from Desmond Dacres to Desmond Dekker). His fourth hit, however, made him into one of the island's biggest stars. It was “King of Ska,” a rowdy and jubilant song on which Dekker was backed by The Cherrypies (also known as The Maytals). The song remains well known among ska fans. Dekker then recruited four brothers, Carl, Patrick, Clive and Barry who became his backing band, The Four Aces. Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, are considered legends of ska and reggae music. ... Ska (pron. ...


Dekker and the Howards recorded a number of hits including “Parents,” “Get Up Edina,” “This Woman,” and “Mount Zion.” Until 1967 Dekker's songs were polite and conveyed respectable, mainstream messages. In that year, however, he appeared on Derrick Morgan's “Tougher Than Tough,” which helped begin a trend of popular songs glamorizing the violent rude boy culture. Dekker's own songs did not go to the extremes of many other popular tunes though he did introduce lyrics which resonated with the rude boys starting with one of his best-known songs, “007 (Shanty Town)”. The song established Dekker as a rude boy icon and also became an established hero in the United Kingdom's mod scene. “007 (Shanty Town)” was a Top 15 hit in the UK, and he toured that country with a posse of mods following him. Derrick Morgan** was a musical artist in 1960s and 70s. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


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”, “Wise Man”, “Hey Grandma”, “Unity”, “It Pays”, “Mother's Young Girl” and “Sabotage.” His “Pretty Africa” is a long-standing favourite among his fans and may be the earliest popular song promoting repatriation. Many of the hits from this era came from his debut album, 007 (Shanty Town). Repatriation (from late Latin repatriare - to restore someone to his homeland) is a term used to describe the process of return of refugees or soldiers to their homes, most notably following a war. ...


In 1968 Dekker's “Israelites” was released, appearing on both the U.S. and UK Singles Chart, and eventually topping the latter and peaking in the Top Ten of the former. He was the first Jamaican performer to enter U.S. markets with pure Jamaican music, though he never repeated the feat. Equally, the track became the first reggae song to top the UK chart. That same year saw the release of “Beautiful and Dangerous,” “Writing on the Wall,” “Music Like Dirt”, “Bongo Girl,” and “Shing a Ling.” Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ...


1969 saw the release of “It Miek,” which first saw only lukewarm success but was re-recorded and became a hit both in Jamaica and the UK. He also released “Problems” and “Pickney Gal,” both of which were popular in Jamaica but saw only limited success elsewhere.


Mid career (the 1970s)

In the 1970s Dekker spent most of his time touring and moved to the UK, where he continued to record. Among his best known releases of this period was “You Can Get It If You Really Want It,” written by Jimmy Cliff, which Dekker had not wanted to record but was convinced to do so by Leslie Kong. Dekker's recording of the song uses the same instrumental backing track as Cliff's original. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Jimmy Cliff, real name James Chambers OM (Jamaica) (born April 1, 1948, in St Catherine, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae musician, best known among mainstream audiences for songs like Sittin in Limbo, You Can Get It If You Really Want and Many Rivers to Cross from The Harder They Come...


Kong, whose production had been an instrumental part of both Dekker's and Cliff's careers, died in 1971 and both his protegés lost direction for a period before returning to music.


Dekker continued recording, but with only limited success until he began working with the production duo Bruce Anthony in 1974. His first hit with the pair was 1975's “Sing a Little Song” which climbed in to the British Top Twenty. Dekker was unable to follow its success, however, and did not chart in the UK for some time (except for the Top Ten re-charting of "Israelites" in 1975). Dekker also found only a limited audience in Jamaica. // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ...


At the end of the 1970s Dekker signed with Stiff Records, a punk label linked with the Two-Tone movement, a fusion of punk and ska. He recorded an album called Black & Dekker which featured his previous hits backed by The Rumour, Graham Parker's backing band. His first single was “Israelites,” a Top Ten Belgian hit, and was followed by “Please Don't Bend,” Jimmy Cliff's “Many Rivers to Cross” and “Book of Rules.” His next album was Compass Point, produced by Robert Palmer. Though Compass Point did not sell well, Dekker was still a popular live performer and he toured with The Rumour. Stiff Records is a record label created in London in 1976 by entrepreneurs Dave Robinson and Andrew Jakeman (aka Jake Riviera), and active until 1985. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Graham Parker (born November 18, 1950 in London) is a British rock singer and songwriter. ... Graham Parker playing at Brits Pub in Minneapolis, Minnesota . ... Boxing the compass is the action of naming all thirty-two principal points of the compass in clockwise order. ... For other persons of the same name, see Robert Palmer. ...


Later life

In the early 1980s, as the 2 Tone movement died out, he saw his fortunes dwindle and he was declared bankrupt in 1984. Only a single live album was released in the late 80s, but a new version of “Israelites” reawakened public interest in 1990, following its use in a Maxell advertisement. He re-recorded some old singles, and worked with The Specials for 1992's King of Kings', which used hits from Dekker's musical heroes, including Derrick Morgan. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Maxell is a Japanese company, which manufactures consumer electronics. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... King of Kings is a lofty title that has been used by several monarchies (usually empires in the informal sense of great powers) throughout history, and in many cases the literal title meaning King of Kings, i. ... Derrick Morgan** was a musical artist in 1960s and 70s. ...


He also collaborated on a remix version of his classic “Israelites” with reggae artist Apache Indian. Israelites is a song which was written by Desmond Dekker and Leslie Kong for Desmond Dekker & The Aces. ... Apache Indian Apache Indian is the stage name of reggae dee jay Steven Kapur (born on 11 May 1967 in Handsworth, Birmingham). ...


The Aces - The current line up for Dekker's backing band, who are still performing tribute concerts today, is given below:-

  • Delroy Williams - Backing Vocals / M.C.
  • Gordon Mulrain - Bass guitarist and session musician. Mulrain is also known as the producer, Innerheart, for the British record label, Sativa Records.
  • Aubrey Mulrain - Keyboard player and session musician.
  • Steve Roberts - Guitarist and session musician, also a member of the British band Dubzone.
  • Leroy Green - Drums and session musician.
  • Charles Nelson - Keyboard player and session musician.

This particular line-up also recorded with Dekker, on some of his later studio sessions in the 1990s. Gordon Mulrain, aka Innerheart, has been a performing musician since 12 years of age, in the studio and on the stage. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sideman. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


Death

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. He was preparing to headline a world music festival in Prague. Dekker was divorced and is survived by a son and daughter. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thornton Heath is a municipality in the London Borough of Croydon. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Motto: Praga Caput Rei publicae Location within the Czech Republic Coordinates: , Country Czech Republic Region Capital City of Prague Founded 9th century Government  - Mayor Pavel Bém Area  - City 496 km²  (191. ... For the record label, see Divorce Records. ...


Miscellanea

  • He is referenced in the Rancid song "Roots Radicals" in the lyric:

"The radio was playing/Desmond Dekker was singing/On the 43 bus as we climb up the hill". Rancid is a punk band, formed in 1991 in Albany, California, by Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong. ... Lyrics are the words in songs. ...

  • He is mentioned in the Common Rider song "Classics of Love" in the lyric:

"Midnight Marauder spinning on my stereo/Mr. Desmond Dekker has a crown made of gold/The kids are alright a-what a-what I hear". Common Rider was a rock band, formed in 1999 by Jesse Michaels (guitar, vocals), Mass Giorgini (bass) and Dan Lumley (drums). ...

  • He is also mentioned in the Frank Black song "Parry the Wind High Low" in the lyric:

"I'm getting patterns from a trekker/And it sounds like Desmond Dekker to me". For other persons named Frank Black, see Frank Black (disambiguation). ...

  • He earned a line in the Stray Bullets song "Wretched Refuse" in the lyric:

"Workin noon to midnight/Walkin through the moonlight/Desmond rockin steady on my headphones".

"Desmond has a barrow in the market-place"[1] The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The self-titled double album The Beatles, released by the Beatles in 1968 at the height of their popularity, is often hailed as one of the major accomplishments in popular music. ...

  • The German punk/ska band, Broilers, paid respect to Dekker as well:

"Mit Desmond Dekker in den Ohren/Läßt sie diese Welt den Mittelfinger seh'n" (While listening to Desmond Dekker/he shows the world his middlefinger). Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ...

  • He is paid tribute to in "Thou Shalt Always Kill" by Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, along with a several other deceased musicians.

"Thou shalt not take the names of Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, Johnny Hartman, Desmond Dekker, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix or Syd Barrett in vain." dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip are the musicians behind the 2007 song Thou Shalt Always Kill. The song comprises a simple electronic dance beat which the vocals taking the form of a satirical rant at aspects of British modern culture. ... Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip are the musicians behind the 2007 song Thou Shalt Always Kill. They are a two-piece band based either side of London, originally hailing from Stanford-le-Hope in Essex. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... For other persons named John Mellor, see John Mellor (disambiguation). ... Johnny Hartman (1923-1983), a jazz singer who is remembered for his smooth performances of jazz ballads, is best known for his work with John Coltrane. ... James Douglas Morrison (8 December 1943 – 3 July 1971) was an American singer, songwriter, writer, film director, and poet. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... Roger Keith Syd Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and artist. ...

This article is about motion pictures. ... The Royal Tenenbaums is the 2001 dramatic comedy about three genius siblings who experience great success in youth, and even greater disappointment and failure after their eccentric father leaves them in their adolescent years. ... Wesley Wales Anderson (born May 1, 1969) is an American writer, producer, and director of films and commercials. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... Reel Big Fish are an American ska punk band, best known for the 1997 hit Sell Out. ... // Many successful recording artists release at least one live album at some point during their career. ... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ... Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album is a 3-disc live album by ska-punk band Reel Big Fish. ... Nickname: Location in Fulton County and the state of Georgia Coordinates: , Country State Counties Fulton, DeKalb Government  - Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Area  - City  132. ... Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The Maytals, are considered legends of ska and reggae music. ...

Partial Discography

Albums An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ...

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

Compilations Trojan Records Trojan Records is a label specialising in ska,rocksteady,reggae and dub music. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ...

  • Israelites / The Best Of Desmond Dekker (1963-1971) - Trojan (1999)
  • This Is Desmond Dekker (Bonus Tracks) - Trojan (2006)

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Desmond Dekker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1076 words)
Desmond Dekker (July 16, 1941 – May 24, 2006), was a Jamaican ska and reggae singer and songwriter.
In 1968 Dekker'sIsraelites” was released, appearing on both the U.S. and UK singles chart, and eventually topping the latter and peaking in the Top Ten of the former.
Dekker was unable to follow its success, however, and did not chart in the UK for some time (except for the Top Ten re-charting of “Israelites” in 1975).
NationMaster.com - Encyclopedia: Desmond Dekker (2563 words)
The song established Dekker as a rude boy icon, and also became an established hero in the United Kingdom's (A British teenager or young adult in the 1960s; noted for their clothes consciousness and opposition to the rockers) mod scene.
Desmond Dekker (born Desmond Adolphus Dacres in Kingston, Jamaica on July 16, 1941) is a ska and reggae singer and songwriter.
Dekker was unable to follow its success, however, and did not chart in the UK for some time, except for the top 10 recharting of "Israelites" in the UK in 1975.
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