:: Title :: Stone Cold Dead In The Market
:: Genre :: calypso, topical song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Clark, Gerald
Clark, Hi [bass (double)]
DeLeon [drum (drums)]
Felix, Gregory [clarinet]
MacDonald, Patrick (Macbeth the Great) [vocal]
Morris, Albert [piano]
Pacheco, Victor [fiddle]
Simeon [drum (drums)]
Unidentified [chac chac]
Unidentified men [vocal]
:: Group Name :: Gerald Clark and His Invaders
:: Setting :: Calypso At Midnight concert, Town Hall
:: Location :: Manhattan, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian, Creole-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Calypso At Midnight 12/46
:: Date :: 12/21/1946
:: Reference Information :: TD227.0, Track 5 (00:02:48)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - "This concert is a fascinating document of an American presentation of Trinidadian calypso at a time when interest in the genre was spreading from New York City into the mainstream of popular music in the United States" (Donald R. Hill and John H. Cowley, Calypso At Midnight, Rounder 1840). [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Notes from Rounder Records release "Calypso At Midnight" read: "This topical song from Barbados about a market killing dates from the first decade of the century. An early text was obtained from an old Barbados woman living in the Panama Canal Zone in 1943 (Louise Cramer, 'Songs of West Indian Negroes in the Canal Zone,' California Folklore Quarterly, 1946, pp. 264-265). It was first recorded by Louisa Neptune and three other women on July 15, 1939 ('Payne Dead, Payne Dead -- Quadrille'), in Toco village, Trinidad, collected by Melville and Frances Herkovits. On September 11 that same year, Wilmoth Houdini cut the first commercial recording and registered the copyright. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan had a smash hit with the song in May 1946. Interestingly, Macbeth the Great sings some of the traditional lyrics not found in the Houdini or Fitzgerald - Jordan recordings." [Source: Donald R. Hill and John H. Cowley]
:: Collection :: Calypso Concert 1946



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