Today Pitchfork tells me that Desmond Dekker died of a heart attack yesterday. There is a special place in my heart for Desmond and the other pioneers of Jamaican music. Read the article about Desmond and his influence here.
I got “Israelites” on a compilation a friend gave me back in the day which also had this fun version of “The Tide Is High” on it. I believe this was recorded in 1967 with John Holt who wrote the song.