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Desmond Dekker

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On The Trail Of Desmond Dekker

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 12 August 1967

A FEW years ago Bluebeat, that simple jogging West Indian pop, was all the rage among the mods of Britain. ...

Desmond Dekker: The New Testament Goes 'Soul'..

Interview by uncredited writer, Record Mirror, 5 April 1969

LAST TIME he was in the charts visions of James Bond were conjured up. This time: visions of the New Testament perhaps. Quite a difference ...

Dekker Dekkos* London

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 26 April 1969

IT WAS going to be one of those "day-in-the-life " adventures, with photographer Stuart Richman and I showing excited tourist Desmond Dekker the sights of ...

Reggay: Son of R & B

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 10 May 1969

THERE WERE two kinds of reaction when Desmond Dekker's 'Israelites' started up the hit parades in March: blimey, I heard that before Christmas; and, the ...

Desmond Dekker: Sister's Fall Inspired Des' 'It Mek'

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 19 July 1969

AS A CHANGE from Which came first, the chicken or the egg? — which came first, the 'Israelites' or the 'It Mek'? ...

Desmond Dekker: What is the secret of rock-steady's success?

Interview by Royston Eldridge, Melody Maker, 19 July 1969

THE SUCCESS of the strangely titled 'It Mek', which made a mammoth jump into the higher reaches of the chart last week, means that Desmond ...

Sweetened Ska Beat Could Sweep The Country Claims Desmond Dekker's Producer

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 26 July 1969

ARE DESMOND Dekker's 'Israelites' No. 1 and his latest release 'It Mek' only flashes in the proverbial pan, man... or could a hybrid mix of ...

Desmond Dekker, Johnny Nash et al: Reggae Festival, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 4 October 1969

Jamaica triumph ...

Three New Entries Give Reggae (all on Trojan) Strong Hold on the Chart

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 1 November 1969

JUST HOW firm a hold reggae is taking on the charts is demonstrated this week by the arrival in the NME Top Thirty of three ...

Ska's Mysterious Lyrics Explained

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, Record Mirror, 5 November 1969

Desmond Dekker talks to Roger St. Pierre ...

Desmond Dekker

Interview by Penny Valentine, Disc and Music Echo, 29 November 1969

DESMOND DEKKER had a pretty nasty experience the other day when fans got hold of his scarf and nearly strangled him. He was unconscious for ...

Desmond Dekker Is To Reveal His Two Sides On Double LP

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 26 September 1970

THE WHOLE economical structure of pop music is to seek out an acceptable format and then market it for mass appeal and consumption. So what ...


Report and Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, 22 May 1971

"Send a reggae band for my wedding reception" said Mick Jagger. The unpredictable move by a Stone symbolised the final acceptance of the music as ...

Jimmy Cliff and other artists: The Harder They Come Original Soundtrack Recording (Island ILPS 9202)

Review by Martin Hayman, Sounds, 9 September 1972

THIS IS the full soundtrack of the film of the same name. Needless to say, with the present move towards "gentrifying" reggae music it's bound ...

Reggae... The Hits You Never Hear

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 21 July 1973

Scores of reggae records sell enough copies to qualify as pop hits. But you won't see them on the charts and you won't hear them ...

Desmond Dekker

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 17 May 1975

SEVEN YEARS ago, Desmond Dekker was a raw, gangling boy from St Thomas, Jamaica. ...

Desmond Dekker and Laurel Aitken: Old Rude Boys Never Die

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, The Face, September 1980

DESMOND DEKKER and Laurel Aitken are two Jamaican vocalists who, in earlier musical incarnations, helped lay the ground for the eventual acceptance of reggae music ...

Desmond Dekker

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music', 2001

b. Desmond Dacris, 16 July 1942, Kingston, Jamaica ...

Working Like Trojans

Report and Interview by Mike Atherton, Record Collector, July 2003

Mike Atherton delves into the revitalised world of the renowned reggae label Trojan. ...

Shot! Reggae Cinema

Guide by Kieron Tyler, Q Classic, 2015

Author's note, 2020: The Harder They Come, conspicuous by its absence from this list, was not included, since it was the subject of a feature ...


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