Today, The Aces (formerly Desmond Dekker’s band) feature Delroy Williams aka (Leon) Delroy Williams and 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 1960s, 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 revitalised 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). Over the next two decades they provided the backbone of Desmond’s live and recorded work. it all came to an abrupt end with Desmond’s tragic passing. Despite numerous requests to take the Aces band back on the road, Delroy repeatedly refused, knowing nobody could ever possibly replace his dear ‘brother’.
It took seven years for him to relent. Delroy finally bowed to the demands of Desmond’s countless fans and perform as the Aces again.
Winton Francis/Delroy Williams is widely acknowledged as one of Jamaica’s most respected and talented performers, who’s own catalogue is truly immense. His career, spanned five decades, during which he has recorded a multitude of Reggae hits. Delroy and the Aces, are now back through public demand,. They perform 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.
DESMOND DEKKER – (16th July, 1941 – 25th Ma,y 2006)