Thursday, May 25, 2006

Don't want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde

DESMOND DEKKER "Israelites" (Tv show lip sync): YouTube
...And here he is lip sync-ing to the Stiff Records re-recording some years later: YouTube
...And here he's playing it live on Jolls Holland's show more recently: YouTube

I was just listening to this song earlier today, working on a piece about the influence of the Bible in general and gospel more specifically on Jamaican music, when I was forwarded a note saying that Dekker had passed away. He was only 64, and a great fucking singer.

More on gospel and Jamaican music later; if anyone knows where this has been explored elsewhere, please let me know. Ohhh and speaking of Jamaican religious tunes I think I'll break out this one when I DJ the Delta Cafe on Saturday, as well as a few Dekker tunes of course... and maybe "Wings of a Dove" by Prince Buster? We'll see.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you mean like this kind of exploration?

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


In response to your call for information about sanctified blues, I immediately thought of Reverend Dan Smith.

Also, there is a youngish guy named KM Williams who is a Texas bluesman/preacher and actually did a tribute to Blind Willie Johnson. You can read about him here:

I wiil keep you in mind and possibly come up with some others.


Christopher Adams
adamsca2003 AT yahoo

11:02 AM  

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