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Duke of Iron, Calypso Original


During my tour 1977 in the Caribbean Islands I met a Calypso composer with his funny music, listen carefully to this text! (Playback is a bit poor!)

Cecil Anderson called the Duke of Iron

Appearing on recordings, radio and in nightclubs, the Duke of Iron was one of the best-known calypso singers in the United States from the late 1930s through the 1950s. In addition to singing, he played flute, clarinet, saxophone and quarto. His family moved from Trinidad to New York in 1923. Eventually, he became a regular performer in New York's club scene, including a 10-month stint at the Village Vanguard in the 1940s. During the 1950s and 1960s, he appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater in Harlem and many leading nightclubs, such as the Village Gate, the Jamaican Room and the Calypso Room. He also starred in the film Calypso Joe (Allied Films, 1957) with Angie Dickinson.

The Duke of Iron recorded singles and albums for a variety of labels. Of his own compositions, he is best remembered for suggestive calypsos, like "Convoy" and "Parakeets," though he also wrote songs about the radio commentator Walter Winchell and the New York Mets baseball team. In addition, he regularly returned to Trinidad to keep up with current trends in calypso, and performed and recorded many annual Carnival hits. The Duke of Iron died in 1968 at the age of 62. Jazz legend Sonny Rollins, who recorded a number of calypsos, wrote an instrumental in his memory called "Duke of Iron."

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Daniela
Daniela
Bonjour Wolfgang, je suis un administrateur du groupe Ritmos latinos. Nous serions heureux que vous ajoutiez ce document dans notre groupe. Merci !
9 years ago.