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Photo: Desmond Dekker (16 July 1941 – 25 May 2006) was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician. He had one of the earliest international reggae hits with “Israelites”. The single was the first UK reggae #1 and among the first to reach the US top ten (peaking at #9).  It combined the Rastafarian religion with rude boy concerns, to make what has been described as a “timeless masterpiece that knew no boundaries”.

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Photo: The best-known version of “Unchained Melody” was recorded by the duo the Righteous Brothers for Philles Records in 1965.  The lead vocal was performed