Knowledge Identifier: +Desmond_Dekker
Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician
Born in 1941.
Countries: United States (33%), Jamaica (33%), Turkey (17%)
Main connections: England, Buster Pearson, Otis Redding
Linked to: Alpha Boys' School, Fine Young Cannibals, Island Records, The Beatles
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Desmond Dekker was born in 1941
- He moved to the UK in the late 1960s and toured as a guitarist with the likes of Otis Redding, Jimmy Cliff, Wilson Pickett and Desmond Dekker
In 1961 he auditioned for Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid.
With Morgan's support, Dekker was signed but did not record until 1963 because Kong wanted to wait for the perfect song, which "Honour Your Mother and Father" was felt to be.
Until 1967 Dekker's songs were polite and conveyed respectable, mainstream messages.
Cartney penned song, "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" starting with the lyric: - "Desmond has a barrow in the market-place".
In 1968 Dekker's "Israelites" was released, eventually topping the UK Singles Chart in April 1969 and peaking in the Top Ten of the US Billboard Hot 100 in June 1969.
In the 1970s Dekker spent most of his time touring and moved to the UK, where he continued to record.
Kong, whose production had been a crucial part of both Dekker's and Cliff's careers, died in 1971, and so both of his proteges 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.
After the UK top ten re-charting of "Israelites" in 1975, Dekker did not chart in the UK again for some time.
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.
Jamaica Observer reports death, retrieved 26 May 2006.
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
The 2016 - current line up of musicians for Desmond Dekker's band The Aces featuring Delroy Williams & Guests