Rest in Peace

In MemoriumDesmond Dekker was 64. He brought the sound of Jamaican ska music to the world with songs such as "Israelites."

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Probably 1 of the most influential songs of the 70's. A great tune. One of my all time fave's.

May 26, 2006 @ 10:44 PM


Unbeknownst to most record buyers, Desmond himself had first been introduced to a mass audience in 1968 as the inspiration for the Beatles' horrible plundering of Jamaican music, "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da" ("Desmond works a barrow in the marketplace...")

May 26, 2006 @ 11:20 PM

Mike Boon

I must admit, I learned about Desmond Dekker yesterday morning for the first time.

This morning, I tracked down a copy of "Israelites" and heard it for the first time. It's a very cool tune. It's amazing how little is known about this guy.

May 27, 2006 @ 1:04 PM

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