Desmond Dekker, Jamaican Musician ( July 16, 1941 - May 25, 2006 )

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So, after school, I needed to learn a trade and started to work as a tailor.~Desmond Dekker

Work School Learn

One day, I went to buy something for my dad at the shops, and I heard a song by Nat King Cole called 'Stardust Melody.' It was like I went into a trance or something. I forgot all about my dad sending me to the shop. When I got home, I explained to him what happened. I thought I was going to get a whipping, but he understood.~Desmond Dekker

Home Dad Day

Things will get better if you just hold out long enough.~Desmond Dekker

Better Long You

Then my mother was taken ill and died and my father took me to St. Mary's.~Desmond Dekker

Mother Father Me

The Four Aces asked me if I'd like to sing with them as they didn't really have a lead singer.~Desmond Dekker

Me Lead Singer

Sometimes I'd hear things on other people's records and I say I wanted it on my records, but Leslie Kong said, no, it wasn't right and that it wasn't my style.~Desmond Dekker

People Style Said

Recently, I've been working on anew album of material, which should be out in the new Millennium. I'm not sure which song will be put out as a single, but I'm still hoping to get another record in the charts.~Desmond Dekker

Song Working Single

I was born in St. Andrew's and raised in Kingston then I attended the Alpha Boy's school.~Desmond Dekker

School Born Boy

I like to write songs about what's happening, what I see around me and what I hear. Everyday life. Someone may be talking to me and I may take it from that.~Desmond Dekker

Life May Me

I don't write about the same thing every time, everyday, different things are happening out there and if you take the time to look around, you can see that, then you can put it all together and tell the story.~Desmond Dekker

Time Together Look

I like to write songs about what's happening, what I see around me and what I hear.~Desmond Dekker

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