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Desmond Dekker

Age: 64

Jamaican musician who helped to introduce ska and reggae to an international audience with his 1969 hit “The Israelites,” which topped the charts in Britain and reached No. 9 in the U.S. His songs, which include “Rude Boy Train” and “Rudie Got Soul,” were often about street life and violence in Jamaica.

Died: Surrey, England, May 24, 2006

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