Born: July 16, 1941
Died: May 25, 2006
Born Desmond Adolphus Dacres in St. Andrew,Jamaica, Desmond grew up in Kingston. 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 Mek’ (1968). 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. Many see him as a musical icon. Desmond Dekker died of a heart attack on 25 May 2006, at his home in
Thornton Heath in the London.