Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Lord Christo (Requested Re-Up)


Another calypso record from Brick Lane picked up in the 80's. It's on the cleverly titled Kalypso label and released in 1963.

"Christo made a living as a cabinet-maker and sang in church choirs before he became the lead singer for the John "Buddy" Williams Band in the 1940s. His calypso career began in 1952 when he appeared at Atilla the Hun's Victory Tent. He then joined the McLean Brothers and accompanied them on a tour of the USA in December 1952. He later moved over to the Young Brigade Tent in 1955. The Young Brigade Tent became the Original Young Brigade Tent (OYB) in 1956, and Christo continued to sing with the OYB until he left for Chicago, Ilinois, USA, where he appeared at various nightclubs and on television. He returned to Trinidad in 1960 and continued to sing at the OYB for the rest of his career. Although he never won a title, Christo's popular songs "Miss Universe" and "Chicken Chest" were tailor-made for steelbands and were played extensively on the road during the 1957 Carnival."

A great archive of old calypso HERE at Irwin Chusid's radio show in the last hour. Well worth a listen if you like this kind of stuff. The first couple of hours is good too!



Lord Christo - Side One

Lord Christo - Side Two

3 comments:

øשlqæda said...

love this olden calypso. heart thx

FredrikO said...

Thank you so much. Most welcome as these calypso re-ups always are, could I make a humble suggestion that you somtime in the not too distant future re-post this one? http://bootsalesounds.blogspot.com/2007/02/super-calypso-hits.html

And by the way, on this Cristo record, tracks 4, 8 and 10 are by King Fighter, for some strange reason. Maybe it's explained on the back of the sleeve?

wastedpapiers said...

Sadly I dont have the sleeve to check FredrikO , just the disc. I found the sleeve jpeg online. Maybe the back of it is there too? I will try and re-post the Super Calypso Hits if I find it. Thanks for the comment.