Desmond dekker and the aces - beautiful and dangerous - i've got the blues


Desmond Dekker (born in Kingston, Jamaica on 16 July 1941 - deceased 25 May 2006), was a Jamaican ska and reggae singer and songwriter. Together with his backing group, The Aces (consisting of Wilson James and Easton Barrington Howard ), he had the first international Jamaican hit, Israelites . Other hits include 007 (Shanty Town) (1967) and It Mek (1968). Before the ascent of Bob Marley , Dekker was the best-known Jamaican musician outside of his country, and one of the most popular within… read more

And maybe it wasn’t just gorgeousness they were responding to. The Maxell ad has Dekker showing his lyrics on flashcards, in an echo of Bob Dylan on the “Subterranean Homesick Blues” film. The parallel is there to service the joke but the two songs are cousins – cryptic, disconnected imagery crystallising some kind of hardship and struggle. “Israelites” has a thread of menace in it – “catch me in the farm, you sound the alarm” , and Bonnie and Clyde may have ‘ended up’ dead but they took a few people with them on the way.


Desmond Dekker and The Aces - Beautiful and Dangerous - I've Got The BluesDesmond Dekker and The Aces - Beautiful and Dangerous - I've Got The BluesDesmond Dekker and The Aces - Beautiful and Dangerous - I've Got The BluesDesmond Dekker and The Aces - Beautiful and Dangerous - I've Got The Blues

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