Nora Dean

Nora Dean

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Nora Dean (born 1944, Spanish Town, Jamaica – died 29 September 2016, Connecticut, USA, aged 72) was a Jamaican reggae and gospel singer.

Singer Nora Dean was one of reggae’s greatest mysteries including her birth year which some sources quote as 1952. She recorded solo and as a member of The Ebony Sisters, The Soul Sisters and The Soulettes. She did backing vocals on recordings by Jimmy Cliff. Although she was not a prolific artist (especially by reggae standards), a number of her songs are very fondly remembered by fans of Jamaican music as true reggae classics. No interviews with her have ever been published. Photos seemed to be non-existent.

In “Barbwire”, her most famous song she plays babyishly naïve about a man’s advances. It is set to the classic The Techniques "You Don't Care" riddim. She once remembered that she worked four hours voicing the track, though in the end, they went back to the first take. She was paid 30 pounds over 9 months for this song, that has sold at least 13 million copies worldwide. This is a situation that is known all too well by Jamaican recording artists.

In “Mojo Girl”, she is serenely in full control. She lays down the law to her man, threatening him with black magic reprisals. In “Wreck A Buddy”, she is in desperate carnal need, with explicit lyrics to the melody of “Little Drummer Boy”. In “The Same Thing You Gave To Daddy”, she is in a battle of wills with her little boy, who won't go to sleep until he gets what Nora gave his daddy the night before. “Oh, no, no, no”, indeed! And in “Ay Ay Ay”, the music is deconstructed from reggae to a drone. Narrative is abandoned in favor of free association, and words become invocations that are supplemented with kisses, bird cries and groans of pure ecstasy. In some cases, as a young girl she was pressured by producers to act outside of her character. (She was only about 15 when she started recording.) And at least one scandalous song, a cover of the mento song "Night Food", Nora insisted she did not record. She was upset that her name was affixed to a song she found so repugnant.

Nora Dean moved to New York City in 1976 and married a man also of Jamaican origin. She joined the Times Square Church, where she sang in the choir. A serious and protracted illness lead her to realize the power of prayer, and she was born again in 1981. She released a few gospel CD's, some solo, some with a choir. She continued to perform live at gospel shows with other former secular reggae stars, such as Hopeton Lewis and Owen Gray. She moved to Connecticut in 2010.
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Nora Dean Discography

Albums

NWLP 007 Nora Dean Play Me A Love Song(LP, Album) Nationwide NWLP 007 UK 1981 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none The Righteous Flames / Nora Dean The Righteous Flames / Nora Dean - I Was Born To Be Loved / Heartaches(7", Single, W/Lbl) Studio One none Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
SO-3053 The Righteous Flames / Nora Dean The Righteous Flames / Nora Dean - I Was Born To Be Loved / Heartaches(7") Studio One SO-3053 Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
US-322 Nora Dean / Upsetter Pilgrims* Nora Dean / Upsetter Pilgrims* - The Same Thing You Gave To Daddy / A Testimony(7") Upsetter (2) US-322 UK 1969 Sell This Version
Hugh Roy* / Nora Dean Hugh Roy* / Nora Dean - This Station Rule The Nation / Angle- Lala (Single) Treasure Isle Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
Nora Dean With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics / The Barons (3) Nora Dean With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics / The Barons (3) - Barbwire / Calypso Mama (Single) Baron's Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
none Nora Dean With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics Nora Dean With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics - Barbwire / Highway Patrol(7", Single) Baron's none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
RAN-508 Nora Dean / Randy's All Stars Nora Dean / Randy's All Stars - Want Man / Man(7") Randy's RAN-508 UK 1970 Sell This Version
HS-050 Nora Dean Must Get a Man / The Valet(7", Single) High Note HS-050 UK 1970 Sell This Version
JP-728 Nora Dean & Vern* / Tommy McCook Nora Dean & Vern* / Tommy McCook - Look Over Your Shoulder / The Kiss(7") Jackpot (2) JP-728 UK 1970 Sell This Version
GAS 165 Nora Dean / Keith (29) Nora Dean / Keith (29) - Greedy Boy / Please Stay(7") GAS GAS 165 UK 1971 Sell This Version
BU 472 Nora Dean / The Slickers Nora Dean / The Slickers - Peace Begins Within / Go Back Home(7") Bullet (3) BU 472 UK 1971 Sell This Version
L. 7 Nora Dean Peace Begins Within(7") Lion L. 7 Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
BI-611 Nora Dean / The Prophets (13) Nora Dean / The Prophets (13) - Night Food Reggae / Jaco(7", Single) Big Shot BI-611 UK 1972 Sell This Version
none Fud Christian / Nora Dean Fud Christian / Nora Dean - Caterpillar / Butter Flies(7") La-Fud-Del Records none Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
PH 106 Winston Shand / Nora Dean Winston Shand / Nora Dean - Dungeon / Kiss Me Honey(7", Single, M/Print) Punch PH 106 UK 1972 Sell This Version
AL 0015 Nora* / Bunny (8) / Tropical All Stars Nora* / Bunny (8) / Tropical All Stars - Butterfly / Fly Version(7", Single) Tropical Records (3) AL 0015 UK 1972 Sell This Version
BR-1117 Nora Dean Mama / Man A Walk And Talk(7", Single) Bread BR-1117 UK 1973 Sell This Version
none Nora Dean Man A Walk & Talk(7") Black Beard none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
none Nora Dean / The Aggrovators Nora Dean / The Aggrovators - Never Trust Guardie Again / Dub The Guardie(7", Single) Total Sounds none Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
HOSS 113 Nora Dean And Dansak Nora Dean And Dansak - How Could You Do This / Album Of My Life(7", Single) Horse HOSS 113 UK 1975 Sell This Version
ATT 8126 Nora Dean Scorpion(7") Attack ATT 8126 UK 1976 Sell This Version
BS 003 Owen Gray / Noria Dean* Owen Gray / Noria Dean* - Sinners Gonna Weep / Don't Let Me Know(7") Burning Sounds BS 003 UK 1976 Sell This Version
Nora Dean Album Of My Life Sunpower (2) UK 1978 Sell This Version
Nora Dean Let Me Tell You Boy / Caught In A Trap Roots Man (2) Jamaica 1978 Sell This Version