Desmond Dekker - King of the Blue Beat

D. Dacres was born in 1942 in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of 19 he met the influential Leslie Kong and who would have supposed that by now a new legend was born? In 1963, the newly named Dekker released his first single, "Honor Your Father And Mother", which was also issued in the UK courtesy of Chris Blackwell’s Island label. During the same period, Dekker teamed up with his backing group, the Aces. Together they enjoyed enormous success in Jamaica during the mid-late 60‘s with a formidable run of 20 number 1 hits to their credit. The emergence of rocksready in the latter half of 1966 propelled his James Bond inspired "007 (Shanty Town)" into the UK charts the following year. Also the single presaged Dekker’s emergence as an internationally famous artist.
1969 proved the year of Dekker’s greatest worldwide success. "Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir, so that every mouth can be fed", was a patois-sung opening line which entranced and confused pop listeners on both sides of the Atlantic. The intriguing "Isralites" was a club hit the previous year and by the spring of 1969 had become the first reggae song to top the UK charts ever! After an astonishing Top10 hit in the USA Dekker went back to Britain where he settled down in 1969. During the same year he once again hit the UK Charts with „It Mek“ .Through his success, buoyed by consistent touring, Dekker remained the most famous reggae artist in the international scene until the early 70‘s. So it probably doesn’t surprise that the hits kept coming for Dekker - once again he topped the charts with the Jimmy Cliff song „You Can Get It If You Really Want“. Since Leslie Kong died from a heart failure in 1971, Desmond Dekker decided to join the Cactus Label. „Sing A Little Song“ plus the rerelease of „Isralites“ at the same time put Desmond back in the UK Top 10 in 1975.

The 80‘s were not a happy time for Desmond: in addition to some very heavily advertised financial problems, his managerial problems were coming to a head. But, however, Desmond kept doing what he knew best: singing.

During a 2-Tone revival in 1993, Desmond then recorded the album „King Of Kongs“ (Trojan Records) with four original members of the legendary Specials, which continued to sell well.

To sum it up, Desmond Dekker’s unmistakable falsetto remains one of Reggae’s most memorable and -although his songs got that popular by now that they’re used for several TV spots - even the younger generation of the reggae fans appreciates the authentic sound of the artist which defintely belongs to the roots of this movement.
(Info: Grover Records)
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Desmond Dekker - »Rudy Got Soul -
Early Beverley's Sessions 1963 - 1968«
VÖ-Datum: 23.6.2003
1. Honour your mother and father
2. Madgie
3. Parents
4. Dracula
5. Labour for learning
6. Jeserine
7. King of ska
8. It was only a dream
9. Get up Edina
10. This woman
11. Mount zion
12. It's a shame
13. 007
14. Wise man
15. Rudy got soul
16. Rude boy train
17. Mother's young gal
18. You've got your troubles
19. Keep a cool head
20. Personal possession
21. Unity
22. Sweet music
23. Mother long tongue
24. Pretty Africa
25. Sabotage
26. Shing a ling
27. It pays
28. Young generation
29. Beautiful and dangerous
30. I've got the blues
31. Hanging tree
32. Bongo gal
33. Fu man chu
34. To Sir with love
35. Mother Pepper
36. Don't blame me
37. Hey grandma
38. A it mek
39. Writing on the wall
40. Intensified
41. Coconut water
42. Nincompoop
43. Tips of my fingers
44. It's not easy
45. Gimme gimme
46. My precious lovea
2CDs: Trojan, AAD, 63-68

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Desmond Dekker - »King Of Kings«
mit den Specials
1. Sammy dead
2. Fat man
3. Easy snappin'
4. Carry go
5. Bring come
6. Dancing mood
7. Humpty dumpty
8. King of Ska
9. Oil in my lamp
10. Take it easy
11. Wings of a dove
12. King of kings
13. Jamaica Ska
CD: Trojan, AAD, 93

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Desmond Dekker - »Rude Boy Ska«
1. Honour your mother and father
2. Parents
3. King of Ska
4. Get up Edina
5. Mount Zion
6. 007
7. It's a shame
8. Rule boy train
9. Unity
10. Sabotage
11. It pays
12. Young generation
13. Beautiful and dangerous
14. Mother Pepper
15. Music like dirt
16. Israelites
17. It mek (2)
18. Problems
19. Pickney gal
20. Generosity
21. You can get it if you really want
22. Where did it go
23. Hippopotamus
24. Go and tell my people
25. Look what you are doing to me
26. My reward
27. What will you gain
28. Licking stick
29. Live and learn
30. First time for a long time
2 CDs: Snapper, AAD

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Desmond Dekker - Anthology 1963 - 1999
1. Honour your mother and father
2. Parents
3. Labour for learning
4. Jeserene
5. King of ska
6. Get up Edina
7. This woman
8. Mount zion
9. Wise man
10. 0.0.7.
11. Rudy got soul
12. Unity
13. Mothers young girl
14. Sabotage
15. Pretty Africa
16. It pays
17. Mother long tongue
18. Young generation
19. Beautiful and dangerous
20. Fu manchu
21. Mother peper
22. Don't blame me
23. Hey grandma
24. Music like dirt
25. A it mek
26. Israelites
27. Nincompoop
28. It miek
29. Too much too soon
30. Problems
31. Pickney Gal
32. Generation
33. You can get it if you really want
34. The song we used to sing
35. Archie wath wah
36. Hippopotamus
37. Reggae recipe
38. Look what they're doing to me
39. Licking stick
40. Live and learn
41. Sing a song
42. Dance the night away
43. This woman
44. Baby come back
45. King of ska (1993 version)
46. Jamaica ska
47. Moving on
48. Young generation
49. Jamaica farewell
2 CDs: Trojan, AAD, 63-99
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Desmond Dekker - »First Time For A Long Time«
1. Hanging Tree
2. Fu Man Chu
3. Generosity
4. Pickney Gal
5. Hippopotamus
6. Licking Stick
7. Perserverance
8. Where Did It Go (The Song We Used To Sin
9. Get Up Little Suzie
10. It Gotta Be So
11. First Time For A Long Time
12. What Will You Gain
13. Little Darling
14. My Reward
15. Please Don't Bend
16. Stop The Wedding
17. Go And Tell My People
18. Look What You Are Doing To Me
19. Life Hope And Faith
20. Trample
21. Reggae Recipe
22. Mother Nature
23. Father Noah
24. Life Of Opportunity
25. When I'm Cold
26. Yakety Yak
CDs: Trojan, AAD, 97

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Desmond Dekker - »Israelites«
1. Israelites
2. It miek
3. You can get it if you really want
4. Money and friends
5. No place like home
6. Busted lad
7. My world is blue
8. Mother nature
9. Beware
10. Everybody join hands
11. Pick up the phone
12. Sugar dumpling
13. Travel on
14. Get up little Suzie
15. Sing a little song
16. Pickney gal
CD: Laser, AAD, 69-75

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Desmond Dekker - »King Of Ska«
1. King of ska
2. This woman
3. Get up a diner
4. Parents
5. Hippo
6. Maggie
7. The more you live
8. Wise man
9. Achawhawha
10. Intensify
CD: Trojan, AAD, 91

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Desmond Dekker - »Halfway To Paradise«
1. Halfway To Paradise
2. Hang On Sloopy
3. When I'm Cold
4. Wimoweh
5. Why Fight
6. Parents
7. Island In The Sun
8. Where Did It Go
9. You've Got Soul
10. Little Darling
11. Go Tell My People
12. Carry Me
13. Dracula
14. Daylight Come
15. Labour For Learning
16. Happy Birthday Jamaica
17. Jamaica Farewell
CD: Trojan, AAD, 00
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