Friday, May 26, 2006

desmond has a barrow in the marketplace

Today Pitchfork tells me that Desmond Dekker died of a heart attack yesterday. There is a special place in my heart for Desmond and the other pioneers of Jamaican music. Read the article about Desmond and his influence here.

mp3: Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Israelites
mp3: Desmond Dekker - 007 (Shanty Town)

I got "Israelites" on a compilation a friend gave me back in the day which also had this fun version of "The Tide Is High" on it. I believe this was recorded in 1967 with John Holt who wrote the song.

mp3: Paragons - The Tide Is High

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thank you for this post. desmond dekker is one of the greatest singers in the last 100 years!