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Calypso

Aletha Mae Dickerson is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. As a recording manager for Paramount Records, she will supervise sessions by Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Will Ezell, The Pace Jubilee Singers, Blind Blake, Meade Lux Lewis and others. She is regarded as being an influential individual in the early development of "race music".
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During a visit to New York City, USA, Lovey's Trinidad String Band records Trinidad Passo, Mary Jane, Manuelito and other calypsos for Columbia Records. This is one of the very first calypso recordings to be documented.
Musical comedy The Girl From Utah closes at The Knickerbocker Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 140 performances. This production features several songs by Jerome Kern, including They Didn't Believe Me, which will become a popular standard, recorded by artists including Frank Sinatra, George Sanders, Dinah Washington, Jeanette MacDonald, Charlie Parker, Elvis Costello, Stan Kenton, Bill Frisell, Harry Belafonte, Leontyne Price and Marian McPartland.
Calypso-style pianist Lionel Belasco records Junk Man Rag, Bajan Girl, Buddy Abraham, Little Brown Boy and other tracks, for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA, for their West Indian (Trinidad) marketing genre.
Louise Bennett, poet, singer, songwriter and activist, is born in Kingston, Jamaica. Bennett will become a much-loved household name, nicknamed Miss Lou, in Jamaica. Apart from her many achievements in radio and on the stage, she will teach Harry Belafonte how to sing The Banana Boat Song, and will serve as an inspiration for Bob Marley.
Cyril Ewart Lionel Grant is born in Guyana, South America. He will find acclaim and success as singer and actor Cy Grant, becoming the first black person to be featured regularly on television in the United Kingdom, mostly due to his frequent appearances on the BBC current affairs show Tonight. He will also become a political activist, working to increase recognition of the achievements and rights of black people. In 1974, he will set up the Drum Arts Centre in London, to provide a springboard and a national centre for black artistic talent.
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Fitzgerald Cornelius Henry is born in Arouca, Trinidad. He will find fame as calypso singer and songwriter The Mighty Terror.
Harold George is born in Harlem, New York City. He will find fame as Harry Belafonte, hugely popular US singer/actor, and occasional employer of Bob Dylan's talents as a harmonica player.
Harold George is born in Harlem, New York City, USA. He will find fame as Harry Belafonte, hugely popular US singer/actor, and occasional employer of Bob Dylan's talents as a harmonica player.
Blind Blake records Hookworm Blues, Poker Woman Blues, Doing A Stretch, Fightin' the Jug and Slippery Rag in Richmond, Indiana, USA, for Paramount Records.
Blind Blake records Blue Getaway, Diddie Wa Diddie, Chump Man Blues, Ice Man Blues, Pop It Stomp, Fan Foot Woman and Police Dog Blues in the Gennett Records studio in Richmond, Indiana, USA.
A devastating 140mph hurricane hits The Bahamas. It will go down in local legend as The Great Andros Island Hurricane, and will be immortalised in the song Run Come See Jerusalem, written by Bahamian calypso singer Blind Blake.
US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, traveling by steamship, pays a brief visit to the Caribbean island of Trinidad, which will be recorded in the calypso FDR In Trinidad by popular singer Attila the Hun [Raymond Quevedo].
Clarence Profit's Trio and The Calypso Recorders are playing at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Rum And Coca Cola by The Andrews Sisters reaches No1 in the Billboard pop singles chart in the USA, a position it will hold for ten weeks. The song is a version of a calypso written by Lord Invader who will, in due course, have to go to court to win his royalties.
The case of 'Khan vs. Feist' - a copyright dispute about the ownership of the massive hit song Rum And Coca Cola, begins in the District Court, New York City, USA. The song had been written by calypso star Lord Invader, but was copyrighted by comedian Morey Amsterdam who had heard it while working in Trinidad.
Calypso stars Wilmoth Houdini, Duke Of Iron, Lord Invader, Sir Launcelot, Lord Kitchener, Lady Trinidad, Queen Calypso Hindu Pass Fire King and Human Thunderbolt play in the AFRO-West Indian Shango Carnival And Dance at The Golden Gate Ballroom, San Francisco, California, USA.
Calypsonian Lord Beginner with Cyril Blake's Calypso Serenaders records The Dollar And The Pound and I Will Die A Bachelor, for Parlophone Records in Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
A General Election is held in the UK, and the Labour Party wins with a majority of just five seats, despite polling over one and a half million votes more than the Conservative Party. The election will inspire Calypsonian Lord Beginner to write and record his song General Election, based on events he saw at Piccadilly Circus in London while waiting for the election result to be announced.
All parties in two copyright cases about ownership of the massively successful Lord Invader song Rum And Coca Cola sign legal papers indicating that a settlement has been reached. The song had been falsely copyrighted by comedian Morey Amsterdam who heard it while working in Trinidad some years earlier. The precise amount awarded to Lord Invader has never been revealed but figures published at the time suggested $150,000.
Jazz trumpeter Cyril Blake's Calypso Band record Man Smart And Woman Smarter, for Parlophone Records in London, UK.
Louise Bennett And The Caribbean Serenaders record Bongo Man and Linsted Market for Melodisc Records in London, UK.
Guitarist and songwriter Steven Springer is born in Port Of Spain, Trinidad, Caribbean. He will find success as a member of the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band, but will also play with Sir Lancelot Pinard and the band Sanctuary, as will found the musical project Tropicooljazz.
Billboard magazine reviews Shenandoah / Scarlet Ribbons, the new single by Harry Belafonte, stating, "Exposure could make a star out of this new young recording artist. His performance on both of these tunes leaves little to be desired. Deejays should definitely give a listen."
Harry Belafonte records The Drummer And The Cook, The Fox, Delia and Soldier, Soldier in RCA Victor's Manhattan Center, New York City, USA.
Tropical cyclone Hurricane Janet attains Category 3 status as it passes Barbados. It will go on to kill 500 people across the Caribbean. Calypso artist Lord Melody will be inspired by this disaster to write his song Hurricane Janet, which will also be recorded by Lord Christo.
Harry Belafonte records The Banana Boat Song for RCA Records in Webster Hall, New York City, USA. Although widely regarded as the song that launched the calypso craze, it is in fact in the Jamaican mento style.
Izzy Young opens The Folklore Center in Greenwich Village, New York City, USA. His first customers are said to have been Harry Belafonte and Burl Ives.
The LP Belafonte Sings Of The Caribbean by Harry Belafonte enters the Billboard Top 40 Albums Chart in the USA where it will peak at No3 during a sixteen-week stay on the chart.
The Top 5 singles in the UK, according to today's edition of the New Musical Express [NME] newspaper are as follows : 1. Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte [RCA] 2. Wake Up Little Suzie by The Everly Brothers [London] 3. My Special Angel by Malcolm Vaughan [HMV] 4. Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me by The Johnny Otis Show/Marle Adams [Capitol] 5. Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis [London]
The movie musical Bop Girl (aka Bop Girl Goes Calypso) is released to cinemas in Sweden, Europe. The movie stars Judy Tytler, but also features appearances by Bobby Troup, The Mary Kaye Trio, The Goofers, Lord Flea and Nino Tempo.
The movie musical Bop Girl (aka Bop Girl Goes Calypso) is released to cinemas in Venezuela, South America. The movie stars Judy Tytler, but also features appearances by Bobby Troup, The Mary Kaye Trio, The Goofers, Lord Flea and Nino Tempo.
Lord Myrie [guitar and vocals], Cecil Mitchell? [banjo] and James Convery [marimba box], record the album Calypso Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica, for Cook-Microfusion Records.
Harry Belafonte plays during a week of shows at Araneta Coliseum, The Philippines, Asia.
The Beatles, Gerry And The Pacemakers, Kingsize Taylor And The Dominoes, Simon Cardovo And His Royal Carribean Steel Band and Bill Bailey's Calypso Band play in the St Patrick's Night Rock And Cha Cha Ball at The Iron Door Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, Kingsize Taylor And The Dominoes, Jay Roberts And The Jaywalkers and Bill Bailey's Calypso Band play a Good Friday gig at The Iron Door Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Rupert Westmore Grant, better known as calypso star Lord Invader, dies in hospital following a short illness, in Queens, New York, USA, aged 47.
RCA announce the launch of "The Prompter", a new portable hi-fi tape cartridge player selling at $99.95. It will not find wide public acceptance.
Harry Belafonte records Midnight Special in Webster Hall, New York City, USA, for RCA Records. Harmonica on this session is by upcoming Greenwich Village folkie Bob Dylan.
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The annual National Association of Record Merchandisers convention begins at The Eden Roc Hotel, Miami, Florida, USA.
As part of the Forest Hills Music Festival, Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba play the first of three nights at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York City, USA.
As part of the Forest Hills Music Festival, Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba play the last of three nights at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York City, USA.
Millie In Jamaica, a tv special featuring Millie, is screened by Rediffusion in the UK. The show also features Cilla Black, Prince Buster, Jimmy Cliff, Lord Jellicoe, Byron lee, The Rockin' Berries and Sonny Boy Williamson.
Calypso songwriter and performer Lord Burgess plays during a week of shows at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Harry Belafonte appears in the Silver Anniversary Edition of popular tv show The Bell Telephone Hour in the USA.
Harry Belafonte plays the first of five nights at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Nana Mouskouri.
Harry Belafonte plays the fourth of five nights at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Nana Mouskouri.
Calypso singer and songwriter The Mighty Terror dies of cancer in Trinidad, Caribbean, aged 86.
Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger, Common, Jackson Browne and others take part in a rally-concert at The Beacon Theatre, New York City, USA, in hopes of securing the release of jailed 68-year-old American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who is considered a political prisoner by Amnesty International.
Ani DiFranco, Calypso Rose, David Myles, Hiss Golden Messenger, Jake Shimabukuro, Langhorne Slim And The Law, Shakey Graves, The Both and Whitney Rose play at The Winnipeg Folk Festival 2014, in Birds Hill Provincial Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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