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Thread #112692   Message #3756036
Posted By: GUEST,Phil
05-Dec-15 - 11:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Angelique-O / Angelico
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Angelique-O / Angelico
Lolita Cuevas' accompanist on the Folkways album was Haitian emigre Frantz Casseus. Take note.

"Angelique-O, ©1957 by Clara Music Publishing Corp."
"This one is also a Haitian in origin.* Irving Burgie wrote the English version, a witty and satirical song. Words and Music By Irving Burgie And William Attaway"
Harry Belafonte; Bob Bollard, ed., Songs Belafonte Sings, Meredeth Press, 1963, pp. vi, 168

The missing link to the earlier Kreyole version is American anthropologist-choreographer Katherine Dunham. Her archives at Southern Illinois U. hold the earliest (I believe) documentation and a Dunham Orchestra recording of Ti Kandjo's "Angelique O." The latter's daughter, Robert Morse's mother, is Emirante Morse (nee Emy de Pradines) a former student-teacher of the Dunham Method and something of a legend in Haiti.

When Dunham returned from her first Haitian field trip she founded "The Cube Theater" on Chicago's south side with actress Ruth Attaway and brother William. It was Bill Attaway who later recommended Irving Burgie to the production team behind Belafonte's 1955 breakout "Holiday in Trinidad" appearance on the NBC-Colgate Comedy Hour and the cross-marketed "Calypso" album on RCA.

Burgie had already recorded Dunham's Kreyole version as "Lord Burgess and his Calypso Serenaders, Folk Songs of Haiti, Jamaica & Trinidad," Stinson, SLP62, 1953; released the same year as the Cuevas-Casseus-Folkways album above. I've never seen the covers mentioned in Burgie's liner notes: "In the United States several recordings of the song in English, sung by top recording artists, became very popular in 1953."

The later English lyrics by Burgie-Attaway were for release on "Belafonte Sings of the Caribbean," RCA, LPM 1505, 1957. Note: The guitarist, as for most early Belafonte recordings, was Frantz Casseus.

*The preceding tune is "Don't Ever Love Me." One could follow the Haitian song "Choucoune" on a parallel arc; same timeline, record labels, polemics, etc.