:: Title :: Tie-Tongue Baby
:: 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 28 (00:04:34)
:: 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 is one of three compositions by the calypsonian Lord Kitchener that seized popular imagination during the Carnival of 1946 and were published contemporaneously in Victory Calypsos, a Trinidad songbook. Living in New York from 1945 (while he fought for the rights to 'Rum and Coca-Cola'), Lord Invader probably learned the lyrics from this booklet. Kitchener cut the calypso as 'Tie Tongue Mopsie' in London in 1951. However, the piece is better known through Lord Invader's version, recorded in New York in 1946 (Disc 5007). The performance begins with a mess-up. The orchestra starts in a fast tempo and a difficult key for Lord Invader. Typically, the musicians knew how to read music and the calypsonians did not; also, they sometimes came from different class backgrounds. For example, Gerald Clark, the orchestra leader, was an upper-class Trinidadian. But Lord Invader's skills were such that he was able to discipline the orchestra, who in turn, show similar dexterity in accommodating to the musically untrained singer. As a bonus, Lord Invader improvises the last verse, demonstrating the power of extempore calypso in the hands of a true master." [Source: Donald R. Hill and John H. Cowley]
:: Collection :: Calypso Concert 1946



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