Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Mighty Sparrow

A record on the Melodisc label from 1968 found in a flea market a while back. Accompanied by The Ron Berridge Orchestra.

"Sparrow's roots are in Gran Roi, a rural fishing village in Grenada. He was born to a poor working class family. They migrated to his adopted homeland, Trinidad, when he was just one year old. He attended the New Town Boys School where he was selected to sing in the boys. choir of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. This was his initial involvement in music. The harmonics of the Gregorian Chants and the Plainsongs of the church that were embedded in him would later affect the depth and intensity of his compositions. His vocal abilities also reflect his childhood role as the head choirboy who sang baritone and tenor in Latin in the church.

Other influences included listening to American street quartets, pop tunes by Nat King Cole and Frankie Laine, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstein, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald with their jazz contributions, and the early calypsoes of Lord Melody, Lord Kitchener, Lord Christo, Lord Invader (of Rum and Coca Cola fame) and the Mighty Spoiler, to name a few."

Discover more about The Mighty Sparrow HERE.

The Mighty Sparrow - Crazy John

The Mighty Sparrow - Calypso Boogaloo

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FredrikO said...

Wow! I would be most grateful if you could upload the songs again. Or, even better, the whole album. I'm a sucker for the Sparrow.

wastedpapiers said...

If I find it again soon Fredriko I will, can't lay my hands on it at the moment- thanks for your interest.