Alton Ellis (1938 – 2008)
Known widely as the “Godfather of Rock Steady,” he had a string of hits, including I’m Just a Guy, Girl I’ve Got a Date and Get Ready Rock Steady. He passed away in 2008 from multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer.
Desmond Dekker (1941 – 2006)
Dekker rose to prominence after releasing numerous musical hits that introduced Jamaican reggae to the world. His song 007 (Shanty Town) made it onto the soundtrack of the 1972 Jamaica reggae film The Harder They Come. He died of a heart attack in 2006.