Jamaican music stars died at age 64

Here are 2 famous musicians from Jamaica died at 64:

Desmond Dekker

Desmond Dekker (July 16, 1941 Saint Andrew Parish-May 25, 2006 Thornton Heath) also known as Desmon Dekker, Desmond Decker, Dekker, Desmond, Desmond Adolphus Dacres or Desmond Dekker & The Specials was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, singer-songwriter and musician.

His albums: Israelites, Black & Dekker, King of Ska, Rockin’ Steady: The Best of Desmond Dekker, The Original Rude Boy: The Best of Desmond Dekker, First Time for a Long Time (1967-1971), Forever Gold, Gold, The Best Of & The Rest Of and Israelites: Anthology 1963-1999. Genres: Reggae, Ska and Rocksteady.

He died caused by myocardial infarction.

Desmond Dekker was born on July 16, 1941, in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica. He began his music career in the early 1960s, and is best known for popularizing ska music internationally with his hit song "Israelites" in 1968. After the success of "Israelites," Dekker continued to release popular music throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with hits like "007 (Shanty Town)" and "It Miek."

In addition to his musical contributions, Dekker was also a pioneering figure in Jamaican music, helping to shape and popularize the reggae and rocksteady genres. He received numerous musical awards throughout his career, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

Dekker's music has influenced countless artists, and his legacy continues to be celebrated today. Despite passing away on May 25, 2006, his impact on the music industry and popular culture continues to be felt around the world.

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Clancy Eccles

Clancy Eccles (December 9, 1940 Saint Mary Parish-June 30, 2005 Spanish Town) also known as Eccles, Clancy, Clancy Eccles & Chorus or Eccles, Clancy & Chorus was a Jamaican record producer.

Genres related to him: Reggae and Ska.

He died as a result of myocardial infarction.

Eccles started his career as a singer in the 1950s and worked with several bands before he began producing records in the early 1960s. He was a prominent figure in the ska and early reggae scenes in Jamaica and his productions often featured his famous backing group, The Dynamites. Eccles was responsible for launching the careers of several notable Jamaican artists such as The Maytals, Lizzy and the Gaylads.

In addition to producing records, Eccles also owned a record store in Kingston and was known for his entrepreneurship in the music industry. He was instrumental in the development of Jamaica's music industry and helped shape the sound of reggae and ska during their formative years.

Eccles was recognized for his contributions to Jamaican music in 2001 when he was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government. He remains a revered figure in the history of Jamaican music and his productions continue to be celebrated worldwide.

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