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’

Top singles from the past…

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)…


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

Top singles from the past…

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…


THE JAM Scored First No 1 Hit Single In The UK With ‘GOING UNDERGROUND’ This Day In 1980

22 March 2021

Band: The Jam
Single: Going Underground
A stand-alone single

B-side: Dreams Of Children
Released: 14 March 1980
Score: topping the UK Charts on 22 March – 41 years ago
The band’s first No 1 hit in the UK

Note:  The song was actually released as a double A-side
with ‘Dreams of Children’, which originally was planned to be
the only A-side. After a mix-up at the pressing plant, the single
eventually became a double A-side, but radio stations played
the melodic ‘Going Underground’

Here comes Weller

THE JAM: BioDiscography

One Of The Greatest Pop Classics Ever- ‘I AM… I SAID’ By NEIL DIAMOND

Top singles from the past…

15 March 2021

Born on 24 January 1941 in New York
80 years old

Single: I AM… I SAID
Released: 15 March 1971 – 50 years go today
Score: #2 in the US and Canada, #4 in the UK

Neil Diamond: “It was consciously an attempt on my part
to express what my dreams were about, what my aspirations
were about and what I was about. And without any question,
it came from my sessions with the analyst. It’s a tough thing
for me to gather myself after singing that song.”

Turn Up The Volume: A timeless pop classic
by a classic songwriter and outstanding voice.

“I am”… I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair
“I am”… I cried
“I am”… said I
And I am lost and I can’t
Even say why
Leavin’ me lonely still

More than 10 million views…

Stunning live version…


This Day In 1978 BLONDIE Peaked At No 2 In The UK With Smash Hit ‘DENIS’

Top singles from the past…

14 March 2021

Active: 1974–1982, 1997–present

Single: DENIS
Released: February 1978.
Score: #2 in the UK on 14 March 1978,
43 years ago today

Note 1: The song was written
by musician Neil Levenson in 1963
Note 2: It was Kate Bush who was
on the number one spot with her
ghostly debut 7″ ‘Wuthering Heights‘.

Oh Denis, ooh-be-do, I’m in love with you
Denis, ooh-be-do, I’m in love with you
Denis, ooh-be-do, I’m in love with you

The original

BLONDIE: Facebook

THE CLASH Scored Their Only No 1 Hit In The UK 30 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

9 March 2021

Active: 1976–1986

Written by: Mick Jones
Released: May 1982. Re-released in February 1991.

Score: On its first release it peaked at #17. When Levi’s jeans
used the track in a commercial it became a huge hit in G-B
topping the charts on 9 March 1991 – 30 years ago today.

Album: Combat Rock

RIP Joe Strummer, you should have stayed…

Live at Shea Stadium –

THE CLASH: Website