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Thread #61495 Message #989523
Posted By: John Hindsill
24-Jul-03 - 10:18 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
Subject: RE: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
What a wonderful thread. Calypso is one of my favorite genres., and it was (is?) a very inclusive music. I particularly enjoy the current events (then) such as "Roosevelt in Trinidad", "Graf Zeppelin", "Love Alone" and on. The paeans to contemporaneous entertainers as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley ("Don't Blame it on Elvis") are fun. There are songs about the foibles of everyday life, "Mister Pay Me My Rent". I should reasearch my collection of Calypso vinyl and CDs.
Calypso singer/actor (he appeared in several films in the mid 40s to 50s-mostly as a calypso singer) Sir Lancelot, lived his last years in obscurity, and died in a suburb of Los Angeles a few years ago. [awkward sentence, but you get my drift.].