CALYPSO BEHIND THE WALL

Latest update on 15/11/2009

Artist: Growler
Author: Errol Duke
Year: 1938

One of the first calypsos ever recorded in Trinidad and one can hear it: the horn section has been drinking. Reissued on Rounder cd Fall Of Man. Written by himself. The melody is probably older (like with Matilda and Rum & Coca Cola).

Covers:

1946:

Lord Kitchener [as Jump In The Line]

1948:

Lord Invader [as Labor Day]

1952:

Blind Blake & The Royal Victoria Hotel Calypso Orch. [real name: Blake Alphonse Higgs from the Bahamas]

1952:

Woody Herman [credited to that same Higgs and Jessie Cavanaugh]

1957:

Lord Flea & His Calypsonians [as Shake Shake Señora]

1958:

Sir Lancelot

1958:

Joseph Spence [also from the Bahamas; instrumental recorded by Samuel Charters]

1961:

Harry Belafonte [as Jump In The Line, later also in film Beetle Juice]

1962:

Gary US Bonds [as Twist Twist Señora]

1966:

Laurel Aitken [as Shake]

1998:

Cherrie Poppin Daddies [in film Basketball]

Royalties on Jump In The Line claimed by Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) and The Lion (Raphael De Leon), who sued Belafonte once he became successful. See also: Iron Bar and Rum And Coca Cola.

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