Friday, July 16, 2021

Friday Freak-Out: Desmond Dekker Would Have Been 80 Today

Mr. Dekker (né Desmond Adolphus Dacres) alas, went out at 64.
Easy way out of making choices.
Whaddaya know, per the Wiki:
Despite achieving a record deal, it was two years before Dekker saw his first record released. Meanwhile, Dekker spotted the talent of Bob Marley, a fellow welder, and brought the youth to Kong's attention. In 1962 "Judge Not" and "One Cup Of Coffee" became the first recorded efforts of Marley, who retained gratitude, respect and admiration for Dekker for the rest of his life. Eventually in 1963 Kong chose "Honour Your Mother and Father" (written by Dekker and the song that Dekker had sung in his Kong audition two years earlier), which became a Jamaican hit and established Dekker's musical career.
First recording by a Jamaican artist for which this reporter paid cash was Israelites.


DocAmazing said...

Even the Beatles had to tip their hats to Desmond Dekker with "Ob-la-Di, Ob-la-Da", an extremely anemic imitation.

M. Bouffant said...

Paul Was Worse Than George Editor Platitudinates:
"La-la-la-la life goes on", to coin a phrase.