Desmond Dekker
Desmond Dekker


Listen to 100 tracks by Desmond Dekker

Two years after becoming one of the first Jamaican artists to break into the British Top 20 with his rude boy anthem ‘007’, Desmond Adolphus Dacres aka Desmond Dekker, backed by his regular stalwarts, the Aces achieved the seemingly impossible when ‘Israelites’ topped singles charts around the globe.

Further significant hits swiftly followed with ‘It Mek’ and ‘Pickney Gal’ also both charting, but their success was eclipsed by Desmond’s next big seller, ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’, which breached the UK Top 50 on 22nd August 1970.

Over the weeks that followed, the single steadily climbed the listings before finally peaking at number 2 that October; its seemingly unrelenting march to the very top prevented only by Freda Payne’s r&b classic, ‘Band Of Gold’.

Penned by another regular Trojan hit-maker, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond’s hit resonated with listeners from all over the globe, with its positive message, the singer’s typically upbeat delivery and a mixture of top Jamaican and British musical talent combining to produce an instant classic.

Today, half a century since the record first became an international best-seller, ‘You Can Get It If You Really Want’ remains as relevant as ever, as reflected in an array of cover versions, along with its frequent usage in commercials, TV shows and movies.

Trojan Records is celebrating the anniversary of this track with a fun quiz – ‘Can you get it if you Really Want?’ Let’s find out how persistent you are! Would Desmond be proud? Once complete, you will gain exclusive access to ‘Juliet’, a previously unreleased Desmond Dekker track, sent direct to your inbox.

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