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Desmond Dekker

The King of Ska: The Beverley’s Records Singles Collection, 1963 – 1967

Trojan Records



2CD (pre-order)

£9.99


In 1963, a 21-year-old welder with dreams of becoming a full-time singer-songwriter, auditioned for one of Jamaica’s new elite record producers, Leslie Kong, owner of the recently launched Beverley’s Records label.

After performing a number of original compositions, a deal was secured and within weeks, Desmond Adolphus Dacres saw his name in print as ‘Desmond Dekker’ on the labels of what would prove to be the first of his catalogue of 7” singles. The record, which coupled two of his own songs, ‘Honour Your Mother And Father’ and ‘Madgie’, became an instant best-seller and heralded the beginning of a long and immensely successful run of singles by Dekker, both as a solo artist and later, as lead singer for The Aces. To mark what would have been Desmond’s 80th birthday on 16th July 2021, this 2xCD set showcases Dekker’s first twenty singles for Kong’s Beverley’s labels which established him as a true Jamaican superstar.

The King of Ska:  The Beverley’s Records Singles Collection, 1963 – 1967

Tracklist

  1. Honour Your Mother And Father – Desmond Dekker
  2. Madgie – Desmond Dekker – Desmond Dekker
  3. Happy Birthday Jamaica – Desmond Dekker
  4. Sinners, Prepare! – Desmond Dekker
  5. Parents – Desmond Dekker
  6. Labour Of Learning – Desmond Dekker
  7. Dracula – Desmond Dekker
  8. Spitfire – Don Drummond
  9. Jeserine – Desmond Dekker & The Cherry Pies
  10. Take Your Time – Theo Beckford
  11. King Of Ska – Desmond Dekker & The Cherry Pies
  12. Boof Ska –The Beverley’s All-Stars
  13. Get Up Adina – Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces
  14. Sleepwalk – The Beverley’s All-Stars
  15. It Was Only A Dream – Desmond Dekker & The
  16. Just One Little Girl – The Four Aces
  17. This Woman – Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces
  18. Mount Zion – Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces
  19. Soldering – Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces
  20. Just In Time – The Beverley’s All-Stars
  21. It’s A Shame – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  22. On The Move – Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
  23. 007 – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  24. El Torro – Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
  25. Wise Man – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  26. Middle East Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
  27. Rude Boy Train – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  28. Nothing For Nothing Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
  29. Mother’s Young Gal – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  30. Jungle Bit - Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
  31. You’ve Got Your Troubles – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  32. Don Special – Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
  33. Unity – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  34. Sweet Music – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  35. Keep A Cool Head – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  36. Charade - Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
  37. Mother Long Tongue – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  38. Halls Of Montezuma - Roland Alphonso & The Beverley’s All-Stars
  39. Sabotage – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  40. Pretty Africa – Desmond Dekker & The Aces