So I also collect vintage calypso records. I’m not a luatic about it like I am about reggae vinyl, but these calypso records are great. Without calypso, ska, rocksteady, mento, there would be no reggae.
Kade Simon, born in Erin, aka Lord Bryner, was a popular calypsonian from the late 1950’s to the 1970’s who, like the famous American screen actor, Yul Brynner, performed with his head shaved. He moved to Jamaica to join the West Indies Regiment until the early 1960s during the time of the West Indies Federation. He performed in Jamaica for a while before returning to Trinidad after the collapse of the Federation. In August 1962, at the age of 25, he won the special calypso competition that was held to celebrate the Independence of T&T, beating the “big boys” the Mighty Sparrow, Nap Hepburn and the Mighty Bomber into 2nd, third and fourth places respectively. His winning calypso was entitled Trinidad and Tobago Independence, for which he received the first prize of $1,000. The other eight finalists were Lord Pretender, The Hawk, Mighty Power, Mighty Dougla, Lord Cristo, Chang Kai Chek, Mighty Striker and Lazy Harrow, chosen from a field of 35 who had auditioned at the Radio Trinidad Studio on August 9th, 1962.