Friday, May 26, 2006

Desmond Dekker Obituary

Desmond Dekker, Reggae music’s first superstar sadly passed away in the early hours of Thursday 25th May, after suffering a heart attack at his London home.

It is difficult to convey just how important Desmond was in the successful globalisation of Reggae. Between 1967 and 1970, he notched up a series of international hit singles that introduced the music of Jamaica to an international audience and established him as a household name around the world.

Yet despite this, he always remained a humble, unassuming man, never one to crow about his success or complain about the subsequent lack of recognition for his achievements.

Like many, many others around the world, I was drawn to Reggae through his music and to say his passing leaves a gaping hole would be a gross understatement. Musically, Desmond was a true giant of a man and there will never be his like again.

Laurence Cane-Honeysett

If you wish to post your own tribute to Desmond Dekker, please do so here, by clicking on the Comments link at the foot of this page.

55 Comments:

Blogger bootbhoy said...

R.I.P. DESMOND DEKKER, YOU'LL BE SADLY MISSED.......Rudebhoy [Ireland].

Spirit of 69
www.freewebs.com/skins

5:03 AM  
Blogger sad man said...

Ow ow ow,

my heart really broke when I heard the news. My dad told me that someone was said to have died, someone from the reggae scene. I never thought about his name and when I turned on the television and saw his name I was devestated.

All in all, I'm happy I saw him at a festival last year (one that he would be performing at again this year) and the fact that he left us with some GREAT reggae music. 007, Israelites, Honour your mother and your father, It mek, Pickney Gal, Rudy Got Soul, Sammy Dead, Sabotage AND MANY MORY.....

Today will be a very sad day for the ones that hear the news but we have memories, and those are very nice (i suggest everyone wears leather pants today :) )

IT MAKES NO SENSE AT AAAAALLLL...(Fu Manchu)

5:09 AM  
Blogger sad man said...

Belgium...

5:12 AM  
Blogger SkabadiP.it said...

Demond was (and he will be forever)one of the best voices in the black music of the last 40 years; he was one of the most brilliant authors of ska, rocksteady and reggae music and on stage he was always pure dynamite.
Skabadip.it and the italian ska scene sadly cry his premature loss. Rest in peace King of Ska.

5:51 AM  
Blogger SkabadiP.it said...

Demond was (and he will be forever)one of the best voices in the black music of the last 40 years; he was one of the most brilliant authors of ska, rocksteady and reggae music and on stage he was always pure dynamite.
Skabadip.it and the italian ska scene sadly cry his premature loss. Rest in peace King of Ska.

5:51 AM  
Blogger SkabadiP.it said...

Demond was (and he will be forever)one of the best voices in the black music of the last 40 years; he was one of the most brilliant authors of ska, rocksteady and reggae music and on stage he was always pure dynamite.
Skabadip.it and the italian ska scene sadly cry his premature loss. Rest in peace King of Ska.
Milano, Italy, 26.05.06

5:52 AM  
Blogger rouvensteiger said...

rest in peace...
thank you for your great Work...

Love

6:00 AM  
Blogger SANTO HI FI said...

Will never forget your shows in Valencia, Spain, and all the nights dancing to your groovy reggae.

6:34 AM  
Blogger César Alcapone said...

Joder!
El único consuelo, seguir disfrutando de su música.




http://eguren-zone.blogspot.com/

6:37 AM  
Blogger rev. D. said...

the original rudeboy is gone.

much respect from sao paulo rude boys.

the music lives on.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Flavio Reggae Recipe said...

Just read the news. How Desmond Dekker was important to me you can guess it from the name I gave to my club here in Amsterdam.
Desmond has always been my favourite. His material from late '60 to early '70 remains unequalled.
I always avoid playing too many songs from the same artist in the same set, but next time it's gonna be an overdose, you can bet on it!!!
We're all gonna miss his beret, his bullet belt and his high-pitched but powerful voice screaming "reeeeeeeggae muuusiiiiiic!!!"
RIP old lion!

7:06 AM  
Blogger Rock Steady Hound said...

Thanks Trojan for establishing this site, and for doing as much as anyone to keep Desmond Dekker's unique and amazing voice front and center through the decades.

I never met the man, and only saw him perform once, but I love him, as would anyone who truly loves music.

As he himself would happily tell you, there was so much soul in that man, and the talent to broadcast it through song - Dekker really opened a new dimension of feeling to generations of people.

It's an incredibly sad day - he was taken much too young and right now it feels terrible. Thanks again Trojan - Long Live the King!

9:12 AM  
Blogger marcsman said...

I immediately was very, very sad when I read about Desmond`s passing away. He was one of the greatest musicians in the world and a great player... When I saw him the last time, 2002 in germany, I never expected that this would be the last time. He was so powerful and full of joy. And now he passed away. More and more artists of the good old time are dieing but it`s our duty to never let his (and their) music to be forgotten. This is not only music, this is a spirit which will never die.

My greatest respects to Desmond, good luck on your way, we`ll never forget you!

Marc M. (Germany)

9:45 AM  
Blogger marcsman said...

I immediately was very, very sad when I read about Desmond`s passing away. He was one of the greatest musicians in the world and a great player... When I saw him the last time, 2002 in germany, I never expected that this would be the last time. He was so powerful and full of joy. And now he passed away. More and more artists of the good old time are dieing but it`s our duty to never let his (and their) music to be forgotten. This is not only music, this is a spirit which will never die.

My greatest respects to Desmond, good luck on your way, we`ll never forget you!

Marc M. (Germany)

9:46 AM  
Blogger Sketch_dc said...

The King is dead. Long live the King.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Clive( bandana) said...

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10:45 AM  
Blogger Clive( bandana) said...

Will sadly miss you mate, first met when I was 16 in 1969 (now 52)
Managed to see you most years since, except the ones you failed to turn up on, hey thats rock & roll or SKA!!
Thanks for letting me share the mike at at least 3 gigs during the medley.
Hope someone out there will organise a reggae memorial day for you.
Honour to the Father of Reggae & thoughts to your family.

10:51 AM  
Blogger MAGIC LORD said...

He was (and still!) definitively for me the best voice of REGGAE!!!!!!!
Thanx for all!
MAGIC LORD.

11:11 AM  
Blogger LoveLenny said...

GODSPEED TO THE MAN WHO LEFT OUR SOULS FULL OF SOUL.

11:29 AM  
Blogger mat said...

Sad day. My family's respects and condolences to his. A musical great.
I last saw him Nov 15th 2003 in Swansea, four days before my daughter was born and my partner dancing as best she could! I only hope Livvy could hear him from in there. Thanks Mr.Dacres

12:03 PM  
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12:04 PM  
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12:04 PM  
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12:05 PM  
Blogger Ginger Upsetter said...

I was 14 years old when I first heard his soothing voice singing words of hope, love, loyalty, and faith. Desmond Dekker was a hero of mine for encouraging me to learn that I could get it if I really wanted. A man of uncomprimising integrity and honor, he will be sorely missed.

-Stephan Viau, Montreal

12:07 PM  
Blogger rudeterrier said...

tonight i will be jumping about the house like a loony guzziling vodka with desmond full blast rudeboy RIP

12:33 PM  
Blogger jefff said...

I flew to Nyc to see him and he canceled 2 days before the show.....I never got the chance again and Im just so pissed at myself for not flying somewhere to see him again...took me twenty minutes to find soemthing about his passing......

1:18 PM  
Blogger Cult said...

Desmond...I can't thank you enough for the music and the good times. I wish I had been able to see you. Thank you Desmond Dekker, I miss you and your music.

1:20 PM  
Blogger dull girl said...

RIP lovely man. You shall be missed

3:25 PM  
Blogger _Unf01D_ said...

What a complete shock to learn the Undisputed King of Ska has passed on today.

I think i speak for everyone who was touched by the music of Desmond Dekker that reggae has lost one of its prodigal sons and his presence will be greatly missed.

It was an honour to see the great man perform in the lowlands of scotland at the end of last year. A memory i will have always of a truly happy time in my life.

To those Desmond left behind, my heartfelt sympathy to you all, but please rejoice in the good he did to the world through his music.

Thank you Desmond.

My love and respect to you all.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Mike Atherton said...

'007 Shanty Town' was one of the first records I ever bought, when I was still at school. My Dad listened and asked me if it was Chinese - at that time I did not realise that its producer was indeed Chinese.
I've been a fan ever since, was delighted to witness his live show at the 100 Club last year and, amongst many other DD singles and the odd album, I still have that original copy of '007', now in definite VG condition but much treasured. Thanks for the music and the memories, Desmond.

1:36 AM  
Blogger Norton said...

Rest in Peace!

Greatest songer/writer/poet there was.

2:15 AM  
Blogger Chéri-Bibi said...

Poor me, israelite... It's one of the most sad news for this year...
We just remember for ever the Man, the Voice, the Music, simply the King!
And we always know that's in life we can get it if we really want! Thank for the lesson!

RIP Desmond

6:01 AM  
Blogger arnoldo said...

I saw the news and it's gonna be a sad day today...
I cannot believe......SABOTAGE!!!!

Just Thanx for all MISTER Desmond Dacres, you passes away, your music will still live on but you'll be sadly missed.....

Rest In Peace the Original Rude Boy, you'll be forever the King of Ska and the keeper of the spirit of 69.

All my respect to Desmond. From Marseilles, Arnoldo.

10:02 AM  
Blogger pump said...

r.i.p. desmond dekker
you dont be sad cuz the King of sKa has reached mount zion...

...tears are fallin'down my face... (beautiful&dangerous)

rudeboys all over the world!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Paul Willo said...

RIP Dessie.

A true gentleman and a legend who will sadly be missed.Go and jam with laurel Aitken and Judge Dread at that big Ska Fetival in the Sky.

Thanks for everything,

Paul Williams/STREET FEELING e-Zine.

7:46 AM  
Blogger MissShona said...

:-( Condolences to the family, of the late and great Desmond Dekker :-(

4:09 PM  
Blogger lynnguitar said...

SADLY I GOT THE NEWS RE DESMOND D"
A COUPLE DAYS AGO I WAS A CLOSE FRIEND AND COLLEGUE OF DESMOND I WAS IN THE STUDIO IN 1962 WHEN HE RECORDED HONOR YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER FOR LESLIE KONG AT FEDERAL RECORDS WITH GRAHAM GOODHALL AS ENGINEER. DESMOND HAS APPEARED A NUMBER OF TIMES HERE IN LOS ANGELES AND EACH TIME I WOULD TRY AND GO TO SEE HIM AFTER EACH PERFORMANCE WE WOULD SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT THE GOOD OLD DAYS IN JA AND THE RECORDING BUSINESS WITH LESLIE KONG AND OTHER PRODUCERS.
I WILL MISS VERY VERY MUCH HE WAS A VERY HUMBLE, KIND AND QUIET PERSON.SLEEP PEACEFULLY DESMOND MAY
THE GOOD LORD BE WITH YU ALWAYS.

KEITH FROM FEDERAL RECORDS.

6:30 PM  
Blogger DalePirate1970 said...

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9:03 AM  
Blogger DalePirate1970 said...

I contributed to Rhino's Rockin' Steady: The Best Of Desmond Dekker CD and
met THE MAN in Chicago in 1992.

I will miss him.

See www.geocities.com/cheatersx/itmek.htm

9:06 AM  
Blogger Scoup said...

Forever in our hearts, Desmond. See ya in another life.

1:54 AM  
Blogger Greg Le Grec said...

R.I.P Desmond, the king of reggae and the symbol of the spirit of 69.
Greg (Burdigala)

3:45 AM  
Blogger dite said...

Desmond , rest in peace.It was Desmond who first got me into reggae around 1970 and i've been a fan ever since.One regret i have is that i never got to see him perform live.Sadly missed.
Dite B

11:06 AM  
Blogger skajulia said...

i regret i cannot tell him how i loved his music and how he enriched my life through it over the last 30 years. so fresh, so unique! even today. i listen to his music every week even to today. i am so sad and yet made happy by listening to what he gave me.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Peter G said...

Amazing....

For some reason, I've been thinking a lot about Desmond Dekker the past few days. I was heartbroken when I heard the news today.

Desmond's music has been with me for all of my adult life, since I first heard Israelites in grade school. Then, 007 was one of my favorites in high school, I didn't realize until later it was the same person.

Mr. Dekker gave me a lot of happiness over the years.

Peter G

6:58 PM  
Blogger Pete Scholtes said...

Spent a week putting together a tribute at complicatedfun.com.

All I can say, to Trojan and to Desmond, is thank you.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Skapala said...

Well... Mr.Desmond was a great man, but he never will go of our hearts beacause his music lives!... nevertheless we will miss him.

Seems that the initial D.D. are synonymous of excellence "Desmond Dekker" (and Don Drummond).

Too much too young to die...
Hasta siempre Rey del SkA!

Xalapa-ska, México

11:04 AM  
Blogger Stickywitch said...

I heard a song tonight play on BBC radio that made me run to turn up the volume. I hadn't heard it for years. I waited to hear who sang it. I think it was called Poor Isrealite or something like that. They announced Desmond Dekker as the artist who sang it so I typed in his name to find that he just died. Just when I found him, we lost him.

9:37 PM  
Blogger F.T.D. said...

On hearing pretty much any of Desmonds tracks, his voice is special and almost angelic, I was brought to the table of Reggae Music through Desmond Dekker! The classics are eternal and will live through our souls in tribute forever. It is important to remember that quality artists like Desmond Dekker still have a point to put forward, the supression of Reggae Music will soon be over and special artists like him who aim to lift, better & educate human awareness though song should be a lesson to us that the fight is far from over and soon all must unite as one! Love and Peace to all brothers and sisters against supression! R.I.P. Desmond Dekker, your music is now ultimately eternal now forever.

F.T.D.

6:59 AM  
Blogger skatracey said...

R.I.P. King of Ska- Desmond Dekker

I'm glad I was able to see Desmond Dekker perform at the Roby- many years ago.

4ZzZ 102.1FM Skatrek
Desmond Dekker Special
Thursday July 15
8- 10pm
Brisbane Australia

www.4zzzfm.org.au

kind regards
trace
(aka skatracey)
traceyn@4zzzfm.org.au

3:07 AM  
Blogger Islington Green Student said...

Desmond, you will not be forgotten. As a teenager, I listened and fell in-love with your music especially when you visited Islington Green School, London to perform. All of us who went to school and attended your show at Islington Green Secondary School in the 70's will miss you. Respect to all the original ska/reggae stars who have passed.
Tribute,
aguyanese_native1

10:59 PM  
Blogger . said...

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1:22 AM  
Blogger Madame Michèle said...

R.I.P. Desmond. You'll always stay in our minds and hearts. Many thanks for all.

6:37 AM  
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7:44 PM  
Blogger AnJaka said...

Hey Trojan, Happy merry christmas.
see you soon, Trojan

12:29 PM  
Blogger Patativa Patatau said...

let his soul be happy
he had left great music to all the world
thanks

8:55 AM  

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