Desmond Dekker
Desmond Dekker

Jamaican ska and rocksteady singer Desmond Dekker would have been 75 years old today. Dekker rose to fame with his backing group The Aces performing hits including “007 (Shanty Town)” (1967) and “Israelites”  (1968). He also had a hit with Jimmy Cliff’s song, “You Can Get It If You Really Want” (1970). Dekker continued to tour until late in life and was preparing to headline a festival when he died on May 25, 2006.

 

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