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I love summertime! Especially the music! Hot sun, cold drink, laying out by the pool. Nothing better. So here is a summer classic for you!

Desmond Dekker

was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician. Together with his backing group, The Aces had a great one hit wonder in the US with his Jamaican hit The Isrealites. Desmond Dekker grew up in Kingston, where he attended the Alpha Boys’ School. After his mother took 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 to get into the music business.

Although few could understand all the lyrics, the single was the first UK reggae number one and the first to reach the US top ten in October of 1968.[2] It combined the Rastafarian religion with rudeboy concerns,[3] to make what has been described as a “timeless masterpiece that knew no boundaries”

In the 1970s Dekker spent most of his time touring and moved to the UK, where he continued to record. In the early 1980s, as the 2 Tone movement died out, he saw his fortunes dwindle and he was declared bankrupt in 1984. Dekker died of a heart attack on 25 May 2006, As he was preparing for a world music festival in Prague

 

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