Desmond Dekker Band - The Aces Featuring Delroy Williams & Winston Francis
When the World’s first international REGGAE superstar, Desmond Dekker, passed away on 25 May 2006, his loss was felt most greatly among his fans, family and colleagues. Of these, few were more deeply affected than his long-time friend, singing companion and business partner, Delroy Williams. Delroy had first bonded with Desmond back in the sixties, with the pair quickly forming a close, brotherly bond that soon led to them collaborating musically, performing at venues around the globe and recording new material for the then revitalized Trojan Records. Together, the pair put together a new Aces band, comprising a nucleus of Brian Campbell and Aubrey Mulrain (keyboards), Gordon Mulrain (bass), Ryan Simmons (drums)and Paul Abraham (guitar), who over the next two decades provided the backbone of Desmond’s live and recorded work. But it all came to an abrupt end with Desmond’s tragic passing and despite numerous requests to take the Aces band back on the road, Delroy repeatedly refused, knowing nobody could ever possibly replace his dear ‘brother’. Now, some seven years on, Delroy has finally decided to bow to the demands of Desmond’s countless fans, after being approached by their mutual friend, the multi-talented Winston Francis.
Widely acknowledged as one of Jamaica’s most respected and talented performers, Winston’s own catalogue is truly immense, with his career spanning some five decades during which he has recorded a multitude of Reggae hits. Delroy and the Aces, are finally bowing to public demand and, fronted by the incomparable Winston Francis, are set to embark on a Desmond Dekker “Aces” tour that will see them appear at venues around Europe and beyond. They do so safe in the knowledge that their great friend and colleague would be proud of their role in ensuring his wonderful music will never, ever be forgotten.
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