Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Desmond Dekker

Get up in the morning

Slaving for bread, sir
So that every mouth can be fed
Poor me, the Israelite
Desmond Dekker -- who was born Desmond Adolphus Dacres in 1941 -- died on this date in 2006.  This ska song was the first truly Jamaican song to be a hit in the United States.  I vividly remember hearing "Israelites" on the radio in 1968.  I liked it, but I thought it was one of the oddest records I had ever heard.   

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