Desmond Dekker was an early ska musician who began recording in the early 1960s. His style transitioned into rocksteady, and later reggae when the genre began to wane in popularity. He gradually rose to international acclaim and was the first Jamaican artist to gain a major hit in the United Kingdom.
"A vocal trio begun in 1966, [...] The Ethiopians originally sang in the ska style but seamlessly made the transition to rock steady. Their song lyrics often consist of social injustice and racism, but there are also occasional love songs interspersed" (Moskowitz, Caribbean Popular Music, p. 106).
"[Derrick] Morgan recorded extensively in the ska and rock steady styles in the 1960s and 1970s. [...] His early 1960 recordings put him at the forefront of first-wave ska" (Moskowitz, Caribbean Popular Music, p. 214).
"Prince Buster is one of the giants of ska, a name which everybody knows, a sound which everyone can identify. His specter haunts every great record of the Speciasl/Madness 2-Tone era; his imagery lurks behind every new release from the modern American ska scene" (Thompson, Reggae & Caribbean Music, p. 219).
Prince Buster is considered to be one of the most important artists in the history of ska and rock steady music. Immenesely popular in England, his music helped pave the way for the British Two-Tone ska revival of the late 1970s.
"[The Skatalites] formed in June 1964 and lasted until the end of 1965. Although they did not have a lasting physical presence, their musical impact was staggering. They defined the ska sound during its heyday and backed the majority of important ska singers in the middle of the decade"(Moskowitz, Caribbean Popular Music, p. 270).
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