More pioneering reggae sounds from Jamaica's legendary singer. He continued to release records in Jamaica, although they were sporadic in comparison to his prolific output in the '60s. Although none repeated the success of "0.0.7.," Dekker remained a powerful force in the U.K. and a superstar at home. In 1963, Dacres presented Kong with "Honour Your Father and Mother," and the producer knew the wait had been worth it. Most people's introduction to the island's unique musical sound came via the singer's many hits, most notably "Israelites" and "0.0.7. Best of Desmond Dekker Desmond Dekker. "It Pays," another hit from 1967, features some of the most exquisite falsetto harmonies ever to be recorded and showcases the Aces as their best. Digital Music. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. Leslie Kong had to argue vociferously to convince the singer to cover Jimmy Cliff's "You Can Get It If You Really Want," but in the end, Dekker put his faith in the producer. However, as the '70s came to a close, the 2-Tone movement gave fresh impetus to the singer's career, and Dekker inked a deal with the independent punk label Stiff. Many of the hits from this era were included on the singer's debut album, which was naturally titled after "0.0.7. Neither the band nor singers have ever received the credit they were due. He was the first to do so, at least with a pure Jamaican song. ~ Jo-Ann Greene. His debut for them was the wittily titled Black & Dekker album, which featured re-recordings of past hits, backed by the British rock band the Rumour. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Across the water in Britain in the wake of its own mod revolution, the Jamaican singer was seen as one of the mod's own. In 1968, the singer unleashed the mighty sufferers' lament "Israelites" on an unsuspecting world. Desmond Dekker as You Have Never Heard Before Cd2 Home Tape Archives, Desmond Dekker As You Have Never Heard Before (Remixed By Desmond Dekker Jnr), Israelites (Crate Classics Remix) - Single, Free as Can Be... (Experimental Version 1) - Single, The King of Ska: The Indispensable Desmond Dekker. For the more religiously minded there was "Writing on the Wall," but what did buyers of that popular single make of the highly suggestive and equally successful "Bongo Girl"? In Memoriam: 1941-2006 Dekker, Desmond. 2008 Archive. (Shanty Town)" into the Jamaican charts. With their encouragement, in 1961 the young man decided to have a go at recording and auditioned for both Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and Duke Reid at Treasure Isle. However, the Trojan label has continued to keep the singer's back catalog to the fore. The Rumour, of course, were famous as the group behind Graham Parker. Set to a sturdy rocksteady beat, the song quickly became a rudeboy anthem and established Dekker as a virtual rudeboy icon. Leave feedback. In August 1971, the great producer, still only in his thirties, died unexpectedly of a heart attack. The following year, Dekker released King of Ska, again featuring re-recordings of past glories. CD: $18.53. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US). In the U.K., fans were treated to This Is Desmond Dekker, which the Trojan label also released in 1969, a virtual nonstop chart-busting party, drawn from the three Beverley's sets. However, it was with his next release, "King of Ska," that Dekker's star was truly established. No results were found for that selection. Left to earn a living on his own, he apprenticed as a welder. CD: $12.41. "Pickney Gal," however, although very successful in Jamaica, did less well in the U.K. As to be expected, Beverley's rounded up this year's hits for a new album, Israelites. The song titled yet another hit-laden collection, released by Trojan in 1970 as well. collection. The single looted and shot its way into the U.K. Top 15, and Dekker immediately set off on his first visit to England. The Definitive Collection: You Can Get It If You Really Want, This Is Desmond Dekker (Enhanced Edition), Rudy Got Soul: The Early Beverley's Sessions 1963-1968, Rockin' Steady: The Best of Desmond Dekker. The response there astonished him, and he was trailed everywhere by mods almost acting as informal bodyguards. A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. Albums include The Harder They Come, Tougher Than Tough: The Story of Jamaican Music, and This Is Desmond Dekker. That was followed by "Please Don't Bend" and a cover of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross." However, he seemed to have lost his grip on Britain and none of his releases charted there. Genres: Reggae, Rocksteady, Jamaican Ska. Together the five men cut a slew of excellent ska-fired singles, such as the jubilant "Get Up Edina," the advice to "Parents," the bouncy love letter "This Woman," and the sublime "Mount Zion." Copyright © 2020 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Customers Also Bought Items By Skatalites Toots & The Maytals Madness Peter Tosh ... DEKKER,DESMOND & THE ACES. There's a problem loading this menu right now. 1997 King of Kings. However, it was to be two long years before Kong finally took him into the studio, waiting patiently for him to compose a song worthy of recording. All were big hits. A fourth single, "Book of Rules," was especially strong and produced by Will Birch, best known for his work with power pop bands. Meanwhile in the U.S., the song had also begun to rise, peaking thee months later just inside the Top Ten. Initially at a total loss of how to now proceed, eventually Dekker found his way, and over the next few years, he released a steady stream of fine singles. Popular Desmond Dekker albums King of Ska: Greatest Hits. Albums. Not discouraged, Dacres next tried his luck with Leslie Kong, owner of the Beverley's label. However, he continued releasing excellent singles, as always backed by the superb Beverley's All Stars house band and accompanied by the exquisite Aces. It was his workmates who first noted his vocal talents, as the youngster sang around the workshop. Before the year was out, the Beverley's label gathered up a group of hits from the year for the Action! Albums with the most listeners in the last 7 days. Backed by the Cherrypies, aka the Maytals, the boastful song, a raucous celebration of ska in all its glory, swiftly attained classic status and remains one of the genre's masterpieces. Although it featured a ferocious version of the title track, it then sank quickly into syrupy waters, much like "Sing..." After that and for the next five years, Dekker disappeared off the U.K. radar almost entirely. Needless to say, he was even more influential in his homeland. Derrick Morgan helped set the stage with his trio of rudeboys-go-to-court songs beginning off with "Tougher Than Tough," which featured Dekker and his brother George on backing vocals. Born Desmond Dacres in Kingston, Jamaica, on July 16, 1942, the star-to-be was orphaned in his teens. In 1984, the singer was forced to declare bankruptcy, although this was less a reflection on him than on his past management. A new album, titled Israelites, and not to be confused with the Beverley's album of the same name, was also released this year. For half a year, the song simmered on the U.K. charts, finally coming to a boil in March, when it topped the chart. Probably no other Jamaican artist has brought more international acclaim to his island home than Desmond Dekker, barring, of course, Bob Marley, but Dekker came first. Two years later, he entered the studio with an equally revitalized Specials for the King of Kings album. In 1969, the upbeat "Problems" spoke directly to the Jamaican public, who bought the single in droves. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Dekker's follow-up, 1981's Compass Point, in contrast, featured mostly new compositions and was produced by Robert Palmer. The heartbreak of "Beautiful and Dangerous" was the perfect theme for another smash, as was the exuberant "Shing a Ling" and the equally infectious "Music Like Dirt." However, as can be seen by the titles, Dekker's initial appeal was as a respectful young man (admittedly with a penchant for admonishing misbehaving young ladies). But the year was defined by "It Mek," wherein another girl gets her comeuppance. Their session together resulted in the singles "Everybody Join Hands" and "Busted Lad," released in the U.K. by the Rhino label. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. Dekker composed the song about his rambunctious younger sister. In retrospect, it was fitting that Kong's two greatest stars should have combined talents in this way. Most people's introduction to the island's unique musical sound came via the singer's many hits, most notably "Israelites" and "0.0.7. Wisely, Dekker himself steered clear of what swiftly turned into a judicial soap opera, instead he rocketed "0.0.7. A series of singles also announced his return, with the first, a re-recorded "Israelites," almost breaking into the Top Ten in Belgium. By the time the '70s dawned, Dekker had relocated to Britain and was spending most of his time touring. On May 25, 2006, Dekker passed away at age 64 in his London home. His jaunty rhythms influenced rappers and deejays alike. A new version of "Israelites," utilized in a Maxell tape ad, brought the singer back into public view in 1990. Beginning back in 1974, when they released the humorously titled Double Dekker, across Sweet 16 Hits (1978), The Original Reggae Hitsound in 1985, and 1992's Music Like Dirt, there's never been a dearth of excellent Dekker material for fans to revel in. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. This legendary Jamaican crooner took ska around the world. As the 2-Tone movement disintegrated, so too did Dekker's revival. Desmond Dekker discography and songs: Music profile for Desmond Dekker, born 16 July 1941. (Shanty Town)." Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Needless to say, he was even more influential in his homeland. Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace.
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