:: Title :: Rum And Coca-Cola
:: Genre :: calypso
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Clark, Gerald
Clark, Hi [bass (double)]
DeLeon [drum (drums)]
Felix, Gregory [clarinet]
Grant, Rupert (Lord Invader) [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 12 (00:02:50)
:: 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: "Lord Invader was the only songster at this concert with extensive experience in the tents in Trinidad. As such, he continued in the line of 'crossover' calypsonians that included Wilmoth Houdini and the Roaring Lion before him. Lord Invader's big wartime success was 'Rum and Coca-Cola' (1943) which he sang often for appreciative audiences of Gis and Trinidadians. The song was heard by Morey Amsterdam who happened to be putting on shows in Trinidad as a part of a USO tour. Amsterdam took 'Rum and Coca-Cola' to New York and copyrighted the lyrics and tune with Paul Baron and Jerry Sullivan (1944). It became an enormous hit soon after, as recorded by the Andrews Sisters -- the most popular singing group in the United States during the war (Decca 18636). Cut following Decca's agreement with the American Federation of Musicians that signaled an end to a crippling strike, 'Rum and Coca-Cola' helped pull the recording industry out of its wartime slump." [Source: Donald R. Hill and John H. Cowley]
:: Collection :: Calypso Concert 1946



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