DESMOND DEKKER – Timeless Hit ‘ISRAELITES’ Topped UK Charts This Day In 1968

Top singles from the past…

16 April 2021

Artist: DESMOND DEKKER (born Desmond Adolphus Dacres in Kingston, Jamaica
16 July 1941 / passed away in Surrey, England, 25 May 2006 – he was 64)

The single was credited to Dekker and his band The Aces.
Written: by Dekker and Leslie Kong
Dekker about the song: “I was walking in the park, eating popcorn. I heard
a couple arguing about money. She was saying she needs money and he was
saying the work he was doing was not giving him enough. I related to those
things and began to sing a little song: ‘You get up in the morning and you’re
slaving for bread.’ By the time I got home, it was complete.”

About the song’s title: The title has been the source of speculation but most
settle on the Rastafarian Movement‘s association with the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
In the 1960s, Jamaican Rastafarians were largely marginalized as “cultish” and
ostracized from the larger society, including by the more conservative Christian
church in Kingston. Destitute
(“slaving for bread“) and unkempt (“Shirt them a-tear
up, trousers is gone”
), some Rastafarians were tempted to a life of crime (“I don’t
want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde”
). The song is a lament of this condition.

Score: #1 in the UK 16 April 1968 – 53 years ago today


SPENCER DAVIS GROUP – Topped UK Singles Chart 55 Years Ago with ‘SOMEBODY HELP ME’

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14 April 2021

Today 55 years ago, on 14 April 1966 British beat band SPENCER DAVIS GROUP,
named after its Welsh founder and guitarist Spencer Davis (R.I.P.), topped the
UK Singles Chart with SOMEBODY HELP ME. A song written by Jamaican musician
Jackie Edwards.

It was also the first band of mighty soul voice Steve Winwood – only 16 at the time.

Watch this pretty cool live version from a
German TV show (with wunderkind Winwood
on the right of your screen)…


Manchester Legends OASIS Released Their Mad For It Debut Single ‘SUPERSONIC’ This Day In 1994

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11 April 1994

Active: 1991 – 2009

Single: OASIS
Released: 11 April 1994 – 27 years ago today
Score: #31 in the UK, but became one of the best
selling UK singles in history, over the following years
(more than 250.000 sold copies)

I need to be myself / I can’t be no one else
I’m feeling supersonic / Give me gin and tonic

C’mon Liam

OASIS: Facebook

R.I.P. – KURT COBAIN Passed Away This Day In 1994

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5 April 2021

Kurt Cobain the fabulous, charismatic but also painfully troubled voice and
songwriter of legendary Seattle band Nirvana took his own life 27 years ago
today, on 5 April 1994.

Cobain: “If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on.
I’m not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the
best hope I’ve got.”

Here’s one of my favorite songs
(the Unplugged version is awesome)
to remember the lost icon.


NIRVANA: Facebook

Bon Anniversaire SERGE GAINSBOURG – He Came To Tell You That He’s Leaving

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2 April 2021

Who: French legendary, chain-smoking and
controversial singer-songwriter, married with
the gorgeous singer/actress Jane Birkin.
Together they had the massive hit single
Je T’aime Moi Non Plus.

Born as Lucien Ginsburg on 2 April 1928.
He would have celebrated his 93rd birthday
today. Bon anniversaire!

He passed away on 2 March 1991. Only 62.

(I came to tell you that I am leaving)

Released: October 1973

Studio recording…

Live version…


On The Roof In Los Angeles With U2 This Day In 1987

27 March 2021

Band: U2

Score: #1 in Ireland and New-Zealand, #4 in the UK
and #13 in the US

Album: The Joshua Three

The clip for the song, unquestionably inspired by The Beatles‘ legendary roof
performance in London in 1969, was shot on the roof of a store in downtown
Los Angeles
(no idea why they didn’t go to New York, that’s THE city where the
streets have no names) on 27 March 1987. The shoot was ended by the police
when the traffic got stuck as hundreds of enthusiastic passers-by blocked the
streets. Rock ‘n’ roll!!

Let’s hit the roof

U2: Facebook