Friday, May 26, 2006

The King Of Ska is Dead...

Desmond Dekker, who brought the sound of Jamaican ska music to the world with hits such as "Israelites," has died, his manager said Friday. He was 64.

I've always loved the 1960's Trojan Ska records, and Desmond Dekker was one of the best.
The Jamaican pre-reggae ska movement helped to define popular music as we know it today. If you aren't familiar with this movement, I'd HIGHLY recommend finding a copy of History of Trojan Records Vol 1 (out of print), or a similar early Trojan compilation.

Link to CNN Article.


Kim said...

I have that CD.
This is sad news ...

The Old Dog said...

Gee, I'm happy to hear that there's something more to Ska than the derivitive crap that I've had to endure for years. And, I'm sorry to hear about the passing of another human being.

It's blues for rum drinkers, right?

DC Liar said...

Rum drinkers and British hooligans.

The first-wave ska stuff was HUGE over in the UK.

Actually, the whole 'skinhead' look is co-opted from this scene. Yes, the first skinheads were all black. Then the English kids co-opted the look. The rest is (truly strange) history.

TheStrangeblue said...

ah shit, I liked this guy.

Speaking of derivative crap (cf TODs comment), see my funkalicious new song (well it's a cover) at

Prepare to shake yer booty.