1804 Israelites – Desmond Dekker (1968)


Desmond Dekker.

This song was written by Desmond Dekker and Leslie King. It was first recorded by Desmond Dekker in 1968. It was first released as a single on the JJ label in 1968 with The Man by Beverley’s All Stars on the B-side. The single was later re-released on the Pyramid label in March 1968. That version was credited to Desmond Dekker And The Aces. It reached number one on the UK Singles chart. ¬†Israelites was released as a single in America in 1969. The B-side was My Precious World (The Man). It reached number nine on the Billboard chart. Paul McCartney owned a copy of the single and it was on his jukebox in 1994.


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