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Los Apartamentos – Water Di Garden


Los Apartamentos’ debut Lp – Water Di Garden – Due out April 2019

If you know Mento, you’ll know Count Lasher’s track for Stanley Motta, ‘Water The Garden’, all about a young man who is unhappily exposed, and haffi ‘Reel Out The Hose’ while watering his lady boss’s jardin, and hopefully not a Jardin Publique as I&I French would a say, or things could have got illegal, yah get mi Fam?

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So while mooching about the Mento driven corners of the internet one ‘Winston’ of Mento band Los Apartamentos and I got in touch with one another. I had immediately responded favourably to the tongue in cheek band name, as I’ve always wanted to have a Pan Pipe group called ‘Los Pastillas Urinarios’ (the toilet blocks, you know those rancid chunks of pineapple in the urinals, uh huh .. yep that.. ), and I think Winston could spot a fellow lover of Jamaican Mento music too, as did I.

These boys look interesting I muttered to myself while flicking through Instagram. Winston by then had also hooked up with my radio show bigmikeydread reggae radio, and he showed an obvious love for the Mento I was playing on it, educating me about Calypso in Germany, where the band hails from and which has a long history of interest in Calypso and Mento; as do one or two other northern European countries like the Netherlands and Belgium.

Then a short while ago he posted a video of a tourist postcard which played Mento, one of those old records on cardboard affairs. It took me a while to realise it wasn’t a 50s-60s antique collector’s item, but his band’s promotional item, for an Lp entitled ‘Water Di Garden’ due out on April 19th on Jump Up Records. www.jumpuprecords.com

I expressed an interest and today his ‘promo pack’ landed, the postcard went straight on my turntable, and you can view a video of it spinning below. I do apologise that the sound on my short video is woeful, but it’s such a nice object, I had to show you all.

Lost Apartamentos
German Mento band Los Apartamentos are busy playing Mento, the lost music of Jamaica

Basically the guys came together out of a love of Ska and Jamaican music in the city of Cologne, trading old instruments for new ones, they built a bass lammelophone (Rhumba Box) and off they went. Spreading the music and the joy for a few years before being invited to record an album by Chuck Wren of Jump Up Records.

Rather wonderfully they recorded to one Mic, just as the producers of early Mento had during the balmy night time recording sessions of noisy 1950s Kingston, and that Lp of one take renderings of vintage Mento songs is released in April of 2019. I’ll definitely be checking it out, the small excerpt on the postcard promo sounds pukka, and that’s pukka to the ears of a highly over-critical lover of Mento who would tell you in a trice if it sounded a mockery in any sense.. it doesn’t, it sounds sweet.

Check back here for a review hopefully later this year. I’ll be getting hold of a copy for sure.

©2019 Murphy ☜

Review of Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso: Traditions in the Making


Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso: Traditions in the Making – John Cowley – 1999

carinalcanboulayI’m a big fan of Calypso and have wanted to know more about the background and development of this genre of Caribbean music for a while now. Cowley’s book goes someway to explaining the historical background to its development.

Being a study of Trinidad and it’s tradition of Carnival, Canboulay and of Calypso, it’s not entirely taken over with music but seeks to explain how Carnival came about, its roots and development from the earliest records right through to the era of sound recording. Whence it’s music became the predominant force by which it was known worldwide. In general it succeeds.

It reads like a well written and engaging thesis, a historical study, unfortunately suffering from structural repetition as the author uses mainly newspaper reports of Carnival to trace development over time. Wonderful that it begins in the days of Trinidad’s enslaved Africans and discusses the influence of that islands’ many diverse ethnic groups on Carnival and Carnival’s culture (music included), but it is a little dry and lacking in personal testimony. We are treated over and over again to reports of each year’s Carnival and of the subsequent court cases involving wayward participants, and this becomes mildly soporific.

However within these confines it is also revealing and revelatory.

Did you for example know about the tradition of stick fighting in Trinidad? Or the many riots that occurred during Carnival and the way in which Carnival became a canvas for the dispossessed to paint their complaints and to cock a Snook at the gentry and at the White and sometimes Creole classes? The book reveals the influence of North American black-face minstrelsy and of Jubilee singers on Trinidadians and on Carnival, and the influence of touring Circus on the island. It tells of the influence of the Spanish and the French and particularly of Venezuelan culture. Finally it discusses the rise of the calypsonians in the early part of the 20th century.

In short you’ve got to be a motivated reader to engage fully with this book, but if you are, then it’s a great read.

Not for the feint hearted or general reader.

Mento, not Calypso – Fantastic Voyage Double Cd to be released


Mento, not Calypso – Fantastic Voyage Double Cd to be released

mentonotcalypsoDue out on the 12th of August this year (2013) hopefully Mento lovers and the general music loving public will enjoy this double cd of Jamaica’s very own vintage music. With 51 songs in the main dubbed from 78rpm singles and some from hard to find early Long Playing Lps, there should be something on it that pleases the ears of Mento mad music lovers. At least I hope so, because I had the joy of compiling it.

Currently it’s available on pre-release on Amazon here – See it on Amazon

Entirely from my own collection

Entirely taken from my own collection of rare 78rpm discs, I am told that the track listing will be, as I submitted, please see below. Though the label Fantastic Voyage have not confirmed that as I write, it seems likely.

What the hell is on it then?

Many of the songs have never been widely available and even for the avid collector, may not be well known. Being able to include some of the songs from an album called MONTEGO BEACH HOTEL CALYPSO BAND which likely features Lord Lebby and may have been produced by Stanley Motta for the hotel was for me a highlight. I tried really hard not to repeat too many songs that have already seen digital release, though did include some, where for instance they have only appeared once elsewhere, or have been duplicated on less than ‘pukka’ releases. I was helped in the dubbing/recording of the discs by Port O Jam, and I understand to some degree they have been ‘restored’ since, though until I hear the final cds, I won’t know how heavily. I hope they leave a good level of texture to the cd release, though understandably the hiss of a 78rpm record and the obvious scratches that walk with a recording that’s over 50 years old may not be to everyone’s taste.

Bases covered?

Hopefully I covered a number of bases, Rural Mento, Hotel Mento, both the rootsy and more commercial sounds, I wanted to include records created by the main movers in  Mento in the 50s and early 60s and so have included recordings produced by Chin, Tewari, Khouri and Motta, and sung by singers like Count Lasher, Lord Power, Harold Richardson etc. It also includes some of  the earliest recorded work by Lord Flea for Khouris pre Federal Times Record label.

At the same time hopefully I’ve made the two cd albums work in their own right, providing and entertaining overall ‘listen’ and not just a collection of individual songs.

Witter on why don’t you?

I won’t witter on, but I think it will be a more than welcome addition to anyone’s collection of Jamaican Mento, early Jamaican and Caribbean music. If you love Mambo, Cuban Jazz, Paranda, Ska or are a World Music and Folk fan, you’ll find loads on it to excite. Put it this way, If I hadn’t compiled it, or already collected the tunes, I’d be very very excited to get hold of a copy.

Tracklisting:

As I write this is the assumed track listing. Please excuse the Upper and Lower case . . .
cd1
01 Sir Horace and His Merry Knights  – Vocal – Horace Abrahams – Mambo Jamaica
02 TOWER ISLANDERS, THE – BROWN SKIN GAL
03 MONTEGO BEACH HOTEL CALYPSO BAND (FEAT. LORD LEBBY) – RED HEAD
04 GEORGE MOXEY QUARTET – VOCALIST – CLYDE HOYTE – MONTEGO CALYPSO
05 LORD TICKLER – MEDLEY – SWEETIE CHARLEY – MR. PARNEY – MANGO WALK
06 Jamaican Calypsonians – Vocal – Hubert Porter – Mary’s Lamb – The More We Are Together
07 Count Lasha and his Calypsonians – Calabash
08 Jamaican Calypsonians, The – Vocal – Lord Flea – Wheel And Turn Me
09 Chin’s Calypso Sextet – Vocal – A. Bedasse – Give Her Love aka Woman’s Tenderness
10 Wigglers, The – Vocal – Denzil Laing – Limbo
11 Jamaica Boy (Denzil Laing) and his Kingston Calypso Orchestra – Man Is Smart, Woman’s Smarter
12 Jamaican Calypsonians – Vocal – The Mighty Panther – The Talking Parrot
13 BABA MOTTA AND HIS ORCHESTRA (VOCALS BEN BOWER) – KITCH
14 LORD POWER – PENNY REEL
15 Dan Williams and his Orchestra – Vocal Lord Fly – Calypso – Whai Whai Whai
16 HAROLD RICHARDSON – GREEN GUAVA
17 Ticklers, The – Vocal – Harold Richardson – Hard Hearted Lover (Man Could A Smart)
18 COUNT LASHER WITH GEORGE MOXEY AND HIS CALYPSO QUINTET – THE OLE MAN’S DRIVE
19 Local Calypso Quintet – Vocal – A. Bedasse – Honeymoon
20 MONTEGO BEACH HOTEL CALYPSO BAND (FEAT. LORD LEBBY) – HOLD ‘IM JOE
21 TOWER ISLANDERS, THE – ADVICE TO MEN
22 Dan Williams and his Orchestra – Vocal Lord Fly – Transportation Kingston Style
23 Jamaican Calypsonians, The – Vocal – Lord Flea – Donkey City
24 COUNT OWEN AND HIS CALYPSONIANS – TAKE HER TO JAMAICA
25 Count Lasha and his Calypsonians – Calypso Cha Cha Cha
26 Lord Power and His Calypsonians – Mambo La La

Cd2
01 Sir Horace and His Merry Knights  – Vocal – Horace Abrahams – Morgan’s Mento
02 Lord Power and His Calypsonians – Special Amber Calypso
03 LORD TICKLER – LIMBO
04 COUNT OWEN AND HIS CALYPSONIANS – BROWN SKIN GAL
05 REYNOLDS CALYPSO CLIPPERS – VOCALIST BOYSIE GRANT – TENOR BANJO – EDDIE BROWN – SOLUS MARKET
06 Jamaican Calypsonians, The – Vocal Lord Lebby – Ethiopia
07 Chin’s Calypso Sextet – Vocal – A. Bedasse – Industrial Fair
08 Count Lasha and his Calypsonians – Dalvey Gal – Parson
09 Jamaican Calypsonians – Vocal – Hubert Porter – Miss Goosie
10 Jamaican Calypsonians, The – Vocal – Lord Flea – Mattie Rag, Brown Skin Gal
11 Ticklers, The – Vocal – Harold Richardson – Parish Gal
12 Jamaican Calypsonians – Vocal – The Mighty Panther – Cinemascope
13 MONTEGO BEACH HOTEL CALYPSO BAND (FEAT. LORD LEBBY) – BACK TO BACK, BELLY TO BELLY
14 Jamaican Calypsonians – Vocal – Hubert Porter – Miss Daisy And Brown Skin Girl
15 Count Lashers Calypso Quintet – Vocal Count Lasher – Trek To England
16 George Moxey and his Calypso Quintet – Vocal by Joseph Clemendore (Cobra Man) – My Brother Calamity
17 CHIN’S SEXTET (VOCALS A. BEDASSE) – ADAM AND EVE
18 Jamaica Boy (Denzil Laing) and his Kingston Calypso Orchestra – Mary Ann, Brown Skin Gal
19 Count Lasha and his Calypsonians – Perseverence
20 Jamaican Calypsonians – Vocal – Hubert Porter – Ugly Woman
21 Jamaican Calypsonians, The – Vocal – Lord Flea – Run Mongoose, Linstead Market
22 Count Lashers Calypso Quintet – Vocal Count Lasher – Water The Garden
23 MONTEGO BEACH HOTEL CALYPSO BAND (FEAT. LORD LEBBY) – BLOODSHOT EYES
24 Local Calypso Quintet – Vocal – A. Bedasse – Money Is King
25 TOWER ISLANDERS, THE – HOLD ‘IM JOE

Finally I wanted to sa:

‘I WOULD LIKE TO DEDICATE THIS RELEASE TO MIKE HINDLE, CHARLIE REGGAE, IAN CAUSER, PHIL ETGART & LOL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY, RICHARD NOBLETT, RON GEESIN AND THOSE INVOLVED IN THE BOOGU YAGGA GAL CD RELEASE FOR INSPIRATION, DAN NEELY & ALL MUSICAL ENTHUSIASTS EVERYWHERE, TO JAMAICA, & TO THE ORIGINAL ARTISTES AND PRODUCERS OF THESE SONGS, TO ALL FAMILY BUT MOST ESPECIALLY TO MY DAD BARRY MURPHY WHO ONCE RECORDED AND COMPILED AN LP FOR FOLKWAYS RECORDS & INSPIRED MANY MUSICALLY THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE.’
– THANKS ALL’

Musical Artifact no1 – Stanley Motta MRS 78rpm Record Sleeve


There is so much you can learn..

There is so much you can learn from just one object, one step in your collecting and accumulation. This sleeve is just one such object. (Pictured Below), it was very kindly sent to me by a seller on eBay, gratis, thanks Phil, you know who you are!

Tab Smith and the Duke

To begin with; it came with a 78rpm single of Tab Smith’s ‘My Mother’s Eyes’ on Down Beat in it. This tune was Duke Reid’s sign on tune for his Treasure Isle Time radio show in Jamaica in the early days of Jamaica’s self-produced musical excursions, it is also on an interesting record label – Down Beat.

Down-Beat

Down Beat was the label owned by Dada Tewari a wealthy immigrant to Jamaica of Indian extraction. He owned this label and the Caribou label; which alongside a staple diet of Mento and Calypso featured some of the earliest self-produced Jamaican Shuffle Blues, Boogie and Ska productions, notably those featuring Cuban Laurel Aitken, later to be the Skinheads Reggae and Ska artiste of choice.

Down Beat as far as I am aware exclusively licensed and released U.S. music, mainly American Shuffle Blues, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues, the Tab Smith tune, being an example of this. The records were as far as I am aware, pressed in Jamaica.

Motta and MRS

Stanley Motta was Jamaica’s first producer to release a record recorded in Jamaica, in Jamaica. By that I mean, the song was both recorded in a studio in Jamaica and then given release there, up until this release. ‘DAN WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA – VOCAL LORD FLY    MEDLY OF JAMAICAN MENTO on MRS SSS.2033X / 01A released 1952 (probably recorded late ’51) nothing recorded in the actual country had been released there as far as is known. There are some people, notably Ernest Ranglin, who claim that Jamaican Mento was recorded in New York, sometime before this ’52 release and of course there were people recording in Jamaica, like Ken Khouri around this time, just that they had not at this point actually released anything commercially. The sleeve you see contained one of the single 78rpm discs produced by Motta and his company.

Further useful information can be gleaned as to exactly where his operation was located and what songs had up to the point of this sleeve’s printing, been released from the sleeve.

One small simple and rather tattered object can tell you so much about musical history.

Calypso Date! MRS LOML 503 12″ Mento Lp


Oh that smile!

Calypso Date – MRS Lp LOML 503

For those Mento mad amongst you here are some details that I hope you will find of interest. Click on the images for larger versions of the files, and in the case of the rear cover, readable text, though I will include that text here for all to see. The sleeve notes are unusually well written and include descriptions of the songs and their background history in some cases.

Details:

LP    MRS    VARIOUS ARTISTES    CALYPSO DATE    LOML 503    SMOL 105 1B    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1950s

(anyone out there have a date of release, if so please contact me here at Musical Traces)

Sleeve Notes:

The most remarkable feature of this album is its variety. Here is represented the whole broad gamut of Jamaica’s music, the sly, ironic humour, the warm spontaneity, the carefree and gay attitude towards life that is so much part of Jamaica. This music is bred of the brilliant colour and contrasts that inspire the Jamaican troubadour; and out of it flows the endless, subdued excitement that life in one of the world’s most beautiful islands inspires.

In this album are Calypsos and Mentos. The Calypso is the generic ballad of the Caribbean, the song that is inspired by the life of the community – the young girl who lives gaily but not wisely; the house with the leaking roof. These are the creations of Calypsonians who vie with each other to create songs of humour, of double meaning, of perceptive wit. The Mento is the music of Jamaica, the solid, thumping rhythm of music that in its beat and texture is subtly Jamaican, as distinguishable to the tuned ear as is the difference between the Merengue of Haiti and the Samba of Brazil. And there are the other ageless songs, those that are chanted by workmen as they bend their muscles to rhythmic work saved from monotony by song, or the gay song of welcome when the pretty young girl comes to visit.

These are the songs and the sounds of Jamaica, ever exciting and interesting, that will become familiar and beloved as you listen to them. This is the music of a beautiful land, inspired by its ageless hills and white sand beaches, its gay, laughing people and the rhythm of its sun-bright days. This is the music for you on your Jamaican date.

The songs:

SIDE 1

Linstead Market – The ackee is an attractive fruit of red, yellow and black, and when combined with salted cod makes one of the most popular native dishes. This song tells the sad tale of a higgler in the famous market of Linstead, on the road to Ocho Rios, who fails to find customers to buy her ackees at Saturday market.

The Naughty Little Flea – The humble flea occurs in the songs of many countries. If you listen carefully to the lyrics you’ll chuckle at the rather unique situation in which the little insect found itself.

Hill and Gully Ride – A rousing shout song that is used by Jamaican workmen. It follows the pattern of many rhythmic work songs in its responsive form, and is a folk song of rather more antiquity than the calypso which has been popular recently.

Matilda (and) Gal-A-Gully – The first is a Jamaican adaptation of a Trinidad song, one in which a hardworking young man is deceived by a scheming young miss who lifts his money and takes off for Venezuela. The second is Jamaican, the plaintive comment of a granny who asks her grandaughter just why she is going to the gully…’A Whey you-a go a-gully fa’.

This Long Time Gal A Never See You – A happy song of welcome, the lyrics of which are self-explanatory.

The Little Fly – Anyone who has had to clean a mirror can appreciate some of the more irritating habits of the fly. This song is one man’s comment.

SIDE2

Take Her To Jamaica – This song has become a standard in Jamaica. It is sung by calypsonians on all occasions and gives very good advice indeed.

Kitch – Lord Kitchener is one of the finest of the Trinidad calypsonians, and this song recounts his experiences with a rather insistent young lady.

Dry Weather House – It seldom rains heavily in Jamaica, but when it does all the defects of a house that is suited to dry weather show up.

Healin’ In De Balm Yard – The balm yard in Jamaica is the gathering place of members of a primitive evangelical sect. To balm yard gatherings they bring their troubles and woes where these can be banished.

Limbo – One of the most exciting dances, the limbo is done to a repetitious song that is almost hypnotic in its appeal. Some of the excitement and verve of this African ritual is caught in this song.

Brown Skin Gal – A young lady is told to take life more seriously. Rather than spend so much time living the high life, she is told to ‘Stay home and mind baby’.

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‘Looking Back’ – The Jamaican Chart Hits of 1958 & 1959


Fabulous double cd charts the tunes that influenced and gave rise to so much Jamaican musical output.

Just been turned on to a double cd out this year (2011) from Sunrise records, which collects mainly U.S. Pop and R&B tunes that were charting just as Jamaica’s own recording industry was developing into the world dominating force it would become.

Though Jamaica released its first home produced and recorded single 78rpm in 1952, it was the era of Ska music during and post independence that popularised Jamaican music worldwide. In the meantime homegrown sound systems were playing American Pop and R&B hits, interspersed with some homegrown talent & Jazz.

This double cd aims to collect some of those tunes together, many which were the blueprint for future Ska instrumentals, early and later Reggae vocal outpourings and whose influence are still being felt today.

Sleeve notes

Though of course the sleeve notes suffer from being legible only to mice or studious men with thick prescription lenses, such as they are contained within a cd booklet, they are however extensive and an education in themselves. Those that are behind this release have most certainly not skimped on effort!

Tabu

It’s one of very few places (and the cheapest by far) that you will find ‘Tabu’ by Cyril Diaz, the prototype for the Gaylads and then of course Dennis Brown’s ‘Africa’.

Flavour

And if you want to get a flavour for the music that turned Jamaicans on at the end of the 1950s this is a great place to start, and sure beats trying to pick up and pay for US R&B 78s from the USA.

Respect goes to Musical Traces friend Phil Etgart who advised on the project and is quite obviously from the sleeve notes responsible for a good deal of the knowledge contained within them.

Here’s a track list:

HARRY BELAFONTE WITH ROB GORMAN’S ORCHESTRA    ISLAND IN THE SUN
LORD TANAMO    SWEET DREAMING
GENE & EUNICE    VOW, THE
RAYS, THE    SILHOUETTES
BOBETTES, THE WITH THE REGGIE OBRECHT ORCHESTRA    MR LEE
LARRY WILLIAMS & HIS BAND    HIGH SCHOOL DANCE
SAM COOKE WITH THE BUMPS BLACKWELL ORCHESTRA    YOU SEND ME
LAUREL AITKEN    NIGHTFALL IN ZION (AKA ROLL RIVER JORDAN)
CLYDE McPHATTER WITH ORCHESTRA & CHORUS    ROCK & CRY
ERNIE FREEMAN    DUMPLIN’S
JIMMY McCRACKLIN & HIS BAND    WALK, THE
MILSON LUCE WITH THE JOHNNY WALLACE SEXTET    DON’T BREAK YOUR PROMISE
LOUIS PRIMA WITH SAM BUTERA & THE WITNESSES    BUONA SERA
PLATTERS, THE    TWILIGHT TIME
BILL DOGETT    HONKY TONK, PART 1
FATS DOMINO    SICK & TIRED
CHUCK WILLIS WITH THE JESSE STONE ORCHESTRA    C.C. RIDER
NAT ‘KING’ COLE & THE FOUR KNIGHTS WITH DAVE CAVANAUGH’S MUSIC    LOOKING BACK
HUEY (PIANO) SMITH & THE CLOWNS    HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
CYRIL X. DIAZ & HIS ORCHESTRA    TABU
LOUIS JORDAN & HIS TYMPANY FIVE    SHOW ME HOW (YOU MILK THE COW)
IMPERIALS, THE    TEARS ON MY PILLOW
PEREZ PRADO & HIS ORCHESTRA    GUAGLIONE
LITTLE WILLIE JOHN    FEVER
EARL GRANT WITH ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY CHARLES ‘BUD’ DANT    END, THE
LAUREL AITKEN    SWEET CHARIOT
COUNT OWEN & HIS CALYPSONIANS FEATURING EUTON GAYLE AND HIS BANJO    HOOL-A-HOOP CALYPSO
JIMMY CLANTON & HIS ROCKETS    JUST A DREAM
LLOYD PRICE WITH DON COSTA AND HIS ORCHESTRA    STAGGER LEE
COUNT OWEN & HIS CALYPSONIANS FEATURING EUTON GAYLE AND HIS BANJO    ISLAND IN THE SUN
PLATTERS, THE    SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
FRANKIE FORD WITH HUEY (PIANO) SMITH & HIS ORCHESTRA    SEA CRUISE
EARL GRANT    EVENING RAIN
HUEY (PIANO) SMITH & THE CLOWNS    LITTLE CHICKEE WHA WHA
COASTERS, THE    CHARLIE BROWN
THREE PLAYMATES, THE    SUGAH WOOGA
WADE FLEMONS & THE NEWCOMERS    HERE I STAND
OSCAR McLOLLIE & ANNETTE BAKER WITH GOOGIE RENE & HIS ORCHESTRA    HEY GIRL – HEY BOY
LLOYD PRICE WITH DON COSTA & HIS ORCHESTRA    PERSONALITY
JACKIE WILSON    THAT’S WHY (I LOVE YOU SO)
BILLY HOPE & THE BAD MEN    RIDING WEST
LITTLE JIMMY SCOTT    I MAY NEVER (SEE MY BABY ANYMORE)
ERNIE FREEMAN & HIS COMBO    LIVE IT UP (AKA BEARDMAN SHUFFLE)
MIGHTY SPARROW, THE    DEAR SPARROW
LEE ANDREWS & THE HEARTS    IT’S ME (AKA WHAP WHAP)
WILBERT HARRISON    KANSAS CITY
PROFESSOR LONGHAIR    NO BUTS, NO MAYBES
ROSCO GORDON    NO MORE DOGGIN’
DRIFTERS, THE    THERE GOES MY BABY
JOHNNY & THE HURRICANES    RED RIVER ROCK
LAUREL AITKEN & THE BOOGIE CATS    BOOGIE ROCK
LOUIS JORDAN & HIS TYMPANY FIVE    G.I. JIVE
FATS DOMINO    BE MY GUEST
HAL PAIGE & THE WHALERS    GOING BACK TO MY HOMTOWN
HAWKS, THE    I-YI
LAUREL AITKEN    COME BACK JEANNIE
TERRY & JERRY    PEOPLE ARE DOING IT EVERYDAY
GONE ALL STARS, THE    7-11 (AKA MAMBO NO5)
FITZ-VAUGHAN BRYAN’S ORCHESTRA WITH VOCALS BY KENTRICK PATRICK    EVENING NEWS

http://www.sunspotrecords.co.uk/Sunspot_Records.html

The first commercial record produced and sold in Jamaica


DAN WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA – VOCAL LORD FLY    MEDLEY OF JAMAICAN MENTO –  MRS    SSS.2033X / 01A

Much dispute arises from the question ‘who was the first producer of Jamaican music on the Island’ but it is now fairly certain that the first commercially available recording to be created by Jamaicans in Jamaica and then to be made available for purchase on the Island was DAN WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA – VOCAL LORD FLY    MEDLEY OF JAMAICAN MENTO – FAN ME SOLJA MAN FAN ME, ONE SOLJA MAN, YUH NO YEARY    MRS    SSS.2033X / 01A, this disc was originally released in December of 1950, though discographies record a later date of 1952. (source – ‘Calling all Singers, Musicians and Speechmakers’ 2010 – copyright Daniel T Neely).

Stanley Motta the producer had recorded the songs and then had the records pressed in the UK, possibly by Decca or a Decca subsidiary, records of exactly who manufactured them are unfortunately not forthcoming. Lord Fly the vocalist was known as an upmarket band leader and the songs and the sophisticated arrangements are those favoured by tourists visiting the Island and staying at any one of many luxury hotels there. Motta’s productions are generally recognised as sounding more upmarket, sophisticated and aimed at the visiting tourist than the rougher edged Mento productions of Ivan Chin, or in some cases Kalypso’s Ken Khouri. Khouri, who may have been the first to record on the Island, but not the first to release a commercial recording later developed Federal Records which went on to become the ‘One Stop Shop’ for the Jamaican music industry, offering as it did both as Federal and Dynamic, mastering and pressing facilities as well as recording studios and it’s own productions.

Motta also holds the honour of being the first to licence a recording produced in Jamaica for release in the UK on a UK label, namely Melodisc’s release of The Ticklers ‘Glamour Gal’.

(Thanks to Dan Neely for his help getting the details right!)

Jamaican & Caribbean + Mento 78rpm, 45rpm and 33rpm Recordings


Mento Discography.

Mento, Calypso, R&B and other vintage Jamaican and Caribbean Recordings.

You will find herein mainly 78rpm releases of Jamaican produced music. The Jamaican music industry’s ability to record and press records was first realised in early 1952. Unfortunately because so many of these are rare to find information on them is scarce and often inaccurate. There is to my knowledge currently no stand alone Caribbean / Jamaican 78rpm Discography online.

The details you will find here are 100% accurate as only information taken from records I own is included. There is no second hand hearsay to muddy the waters and you can trust the details given therefore.

I hope that this small selection will aid those interested in this fabulous area of music. I intend it at this time to include mainly but not exclusively Jamaican recorded and or released Mento and Calypso records. I may also include some other Caribbean recordings, such as those of Blind Blake on Miami’s ART Records for example, plus 45rpm single releases and finally Lps that I think are of particular note or worth having for your collection. You may also find details of some records which have been pressed by Jamaicans in Jamaica of American Pop and R&B.

Listed Thus:

LABEL / ARTIST / TITLE / CATALOGUE NUMBER / MATRIX NUMBER / PRODUCER / COUNTRY OF ORIGIN / RELEASE DATE / NOTES

DISCOGRAPHY

ART RECORDS (Miami)

78rpm

BLIND BLAKE AND HIS ROYAL VICTORIA CALYPSOS    NEVER INTERFERE WITH MAN AND WIFE        Art Al 3 2A    A Song Of The Islands Production    U.S.A.    ? / Real name Blake Alphonso Higgs, not to be confused with Blues guitarist of same name

BLIND BLAKE AND HIS ROYAL VICTORIA CALYPSOS    WATERMELON SPOILIN’ ON THE VINE        Art Al 3 2b    A Song Of The Islands Production     U.S.A.    ?

12″ Lps

BLIND BLAKE AND THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL ‘CALYPSOS’    A GROUP OF BAHAMIAN SONGS    ALP – 3    Art Alp 3 Side 1    1952    U.S.A.    Songs of the Islands Ltd.

BLIND BLAKE AND HIS ROYAL VICTORIA CALYPSO ORCHESTRA    BLIND BLAKE AUTHENTIC BAHAMIAN CALYPSO – A THIRD ALBUM OF BAHAMIAN SONGS    ALP – 6A    Art Alp-6A Side 1    1952    U.S.A.    Songs of the Islands Ltd.

BLIND BLAKE AND HIS VICTORIA CALYPSOS    A SECOND ALBUM OF AUTHENTIC BAHMIAN SONGS / AUTHENTIC BAHAMIAN CALYPSO        Alp – 4 A        U.S.A.    Art Records

BLIND BLAKE    A FIFTH ALBUM OF SONGS BY …        Art Alp 20        U.S.A.    Art Records

VARIOUS ARTISTES, INC. ANDRE TOUISSAINT, PEANUTS TAYLOR, BLIND BLAKE    JUNKANOO CLUB PRESENTS NASSAU’S STAR ENTERTAINERS    ALP – 25    ART ALP 25 SIDE 1    1960s?    U.S.A.  ART RECORDS INC

CARIBOU

78rpm

COUNT LASHER (AS) COUNT LASHA and his CALYPSONIANS    CALABASH    100A    100A 9888    DADA TEWARI CARIBBEAN RECORDING CO LTD.    JAMAICA    1959?

COUNT LASHER (AS) COUNT LASHA (VOCALS) COUNT LASHER’S CALYPSO QUINTET    DALVEY GAL-PARSON    100B    100 B 9889    DADA TEWARI CARIBBEAN RECORDING CO LTD.    JAMAICA    1959?

COUNT LASHER (VOCALS) & CHARLIE BINGER’S SIX    CALABASH    106A    CALABASH #1 10516    DADA TEWARI CARIBBEAN RECORDING CO LTD.    JAMAICA    1959

COUNT LASHER (VOCALS) COUNT LASHER’S CALYPSO QUINTET    DALVEY GAL-PARSON    106B    #2 10517    DADA TEWARI CARIBBEAN RECORDING CO LTD.    JAMAICA    1959

7″ Single

COUNT LASHER / CHARLIE BINGER’S SIX    MISS CONSTANCE    CARIBOU    105A    SE105A    DADA TEWARI
COUNT LASHER / COUNT LASHER’S CALYPSO QUINTET    SLIDE MONGOOSE    CARIBOU    105B    SE105B    DADA TEWARI

COUNT LASHER AND CHARLIE BINGER’S SIX    CALABASH    106A    SE 106 A    50s    U.K.

COUNT LASHER AND COUNT LASHER’S CALYPSO QUINTET    DALVEY GAL-PARSON    106B    SE 106 B    50s    U.K.

CHIN’S

78rpm

LOCAL CALYPSO QUINTET – VOCALS BY BEDDASSE    ROUGH RIDER    CHIN’S    C1001    NONE  IVAN CHIN    JAMAICA    1950s
LOCAL CALYPSO QUINTET – VOCALS BY BEDDASSE    NO MONEY NO MUSIC    CHIN’S    C1001    NONE  IVAN CHIN    JAMAICA    1950s

LOCAL CALYPSO QUINTET   (VOCALS – A. BEDASSE) HONEYMOON    C1002    NONE    IVAN CHIN    JAMAICA    1950s
LOCAL CALYPSO QUINTET   (VOCALS – A. BEDASSE) MONEY IS KING    C1002    NONE    IVAN CHIN    JAMAICA    1950s

CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET /VOCALS BY ALERTH BEDASSE BIG BOY AND TEACHER    CHIN’S C1008 NONE  IVAN CHIN JAMAICA    1950s
CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET /VOCALS BY ALERTH BEDASSE    RED TOMATO    CHIN’S  C1008 NONE IVAN CHIN    JAMAICA    1950s

CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET (VOCALS – A. BEDASSE)    NOT GUILTY    C1012    NONE    IVAN CHIN    JAMAICA    1950s     note from Dan Neely – This record was the last pair of sides Khouri pressed for Chin before Chin went to Decca for the service. This copy is the only one known to survive and play fully.
CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET (VOCALS – A. BEDASSE)    GIVE HER LOVE    C1012    NONE    IVAN CHIN    JAMAICA    1950s

DECCA (U.S.A.)

TRIPLE 78RPM SET – WILMOTH HOUDINI AND HIS ROYAL CALYPSO ORCHESTRA    CALYPSOS SUNG BY WILMOUTH HOUDINI    18005A – DISC 1    66526A (A SIDE DISC 1)    DECCA    U.S.A.    1939

WHICH CONSISTS OF:

WILMOTH HOUDINI AND HIS ROYAL CALYPSO ORCHESTRA    MONKEY SWING    18005A    66526A    DECCA    U.S.A.    1939
WILMOTH HOUDINI AND HIS ROYAL CALYPSO ORCHESTRA    HE HAD IT COMING (STONE COLD DEAD IN THE MARKET)    18005B    66528A    DECCA    U.S.A.    1939
WILMOTH HOUDINI AND HIS ROYAL CALYPSO ORCHESTRA    WELCOME OF THEIR MAJESTIES, THE    18006A    66523A    DECCA    U.S.A.    1939
WILMOTH HOUDINI AND HIS ROYAL CALYPSO ORCHESTRA    HOT DOGS MADE THEIR NAME    18006B    66527A    DECCA    U.S.A.    1939
WILMOTH HOUDINI AND HIS ROYAL CALYPSO ORCHESTRA    ROOSEVELT OPENS WORLD’S FAIR    18007A    66525A    DECCA    U.S.A.    1939
WILMOTH HOUDINI AND HIS ROYAL CALYPSO ORCHESTRA    JOHNNY TAKE MY WIFE    18007B    66524A    DECCA    U.S.A.    1939

DOWN BEAT (Jamaica)

TAB SMITH & ORCHESTRA    MY MOTHER’S EYES 101A    U 1121 RE 1    UNITED RECORDS (USA)
TAB SMITH & ORCHESTRA    YOU BELONG TO ME 101B    URC 1138    UNITED RECORDS (USA)

SHIRLEY AND LEE    LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL    104A    AL-3325-X 10048    ALLADIN    JAMAICA    1956    ORIGINALLY ON ALLADIN IN 1956
SHIRLEY AND LEE    DO YOU MEAN TO HURT ME    104B    AL-3325-Q 10046    ALLADIN    JAMAICA    1956    ORIGINALLY ON ALLADIN IN 1956

GENE AND EUNICE    VOW, THE    DOWN BEAT    212G    AL3374-Q    ALADDIN
GENE AND EUNICE    STRANGE WORLD    DOWN BEAT    212G    AL3374-X    ALADDIN

DOWNBEAT (UK Re-issue)

7″ Singles

MONTY REYNOLDS    LONG TIME GIRL        db 001a        2002    U.K.
LORD FLY    BLU – LU – UP        db 001b        2002    U.K.
LORD POWER    PENNY REEL        db 002a        2002    U.K.
LORD POWER    MISS GOOSEY        db 002b        2002    U.K.
LORD COMPOSER    HILL AND GULLY        db 003a        2002    U.K.
LORD MESSAM    LINSTEAD MARKET        db 003b        2002    U.K.

ESQUIRE

78rpm

LORD BEGINNER    ENGLAND REGAINS THE ASHES    ESQUIRE    5-091 RS.411-1    RS.411-1    ESQUIRE U.K.
LORD BEGINNER    NOBODY WANTS TO GROW OLD    ESQUIRE    5-091 RS.412-3    RS.412-3    ESQUIRE U.K.

FEDERAL

7″ Singles

LORD LARO    TRIBUTE TO N. W. MANLEY    FEDERAL (BLANK)    NONE    FRM 7192    RICHARD KHOURI
LORD LARO    INTEGRATION    FEDERAL (BLANK)    NONE    FRM 7193    RICHARD KHOURI

FIESTA

12″ Lps

TOWER ISLANDERS, THE    CALYPSO (AS PLAYED AT TOWER ISLE), JAMAICA B.W.I.        lp 1206 a        1956    Jamaica

TOWER ISLANDERS, THE    CALYPSO BY THE TOWER ISLANDERS    FLP1212    FLP1212-A        JAMAICA    1960s

HERALD / JAMAICA

7″ Singles

HERALD / JAMAICA    JOHNNY ADAMS    I WON’T CRY    NONE    E3447    ?    JAMAICA    1950s
HERALD / JAMAICA    JOHNNY ADAMS    WHO ARE YOU?    NONE    E3448    ?    JAMAICA    1950s – This is an issue of North American Vocal R&B released only ever on 78rpm in the states but here on a 45rpm two sider, obviously officially licenced to a Jamaican distributer and manufacturer, as of yet I’m unsure who, but surely Khouri at Federal stands a good chance of being the ‘culprit’?

ISLAND ARTISTS LTD.

12″ Lps

GOOMBAY TROUBADORS feat VINCENT MARTIN, PEANUTS TAYLOR, GOOMBAY DRUMS    BAHAMA LULLABY    XTV 25855    XTV 25855 – 1A    1957    1957    BAHAMAS    ISLAND ARTISTS LTD.

JUMP UP

7″ Singles

LORD KITCHENER    DR. KITCH        ju511 a/2        1963    U.K.   Production – Telco / Jump Up was a division of Island Records.
LORD KITCHENER    COME BACK HOME MEH BOY        ju511 b        1963    U.K.   Production – Telco

KALYPSO (Jamaica)

78rpm

CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET (VOCALS – A. BEDASSE)    SAMSON AND DELILAH    C1003 – 04818    04818    IVAN CHIN / KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1955

CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET (VOCALS – A. BEDASSE)    INDUSTRIAL FAIR    C1003 – 04819    04819    IVAN CHIN / KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1955

SIR HORACE AND HIS MERRY KNIGHTS    MORGAN’S MENTO    DOUBLE SIX 66    NONE VISIBLE    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1958

SIR HORACE AND HIS MERRY KNIGHTS    MAMBO JAMAICA    DOUBLE SIX 66    NONE VISIBLE    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1958

CALYPSO QUINTET (Vocal ALERTH BEDASSE)    WALK AND TALK    KALYPSO    XX01    24-T-3    IVAN CHIN
CALYPSO QUINTET (Vocal ALERTH BEDASSE)    NIGHT FOOD    KALYPSO    XX01    24-T-4    IVAN CHIN

SIR HORACE AND HIS MERRY KNIGHTS    MORGAN’S MENTO    KALYPSO (JAMAICA)    XX03    O4823    KEN KHOURI     JAMAICA  1958 (THIS IS A LABEL VARIANT OF ABOVE ITEM)
SIR HORACE AND HIS MERRY KNIGHTS    MAMBO JAMAICA    KALYPSO (JAMAICA)    XX03    O4822    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA  1958

TRENTON SPENCE QUARTET / VOCALS LORD POWER    ONE BAGGIE    KALYPSO (JAMAICA)    XX04    O4826    KEN KHOURI    ORIGINAL   JAMAICA 1958
TRENTON SPENCE QUARTET / VOCALS ROY SHURLAND    MATTY BELLY    KALYPSO (JAMAICA)    XX04    O4827    KEN KHOURI  JAMAICA 1958

THE JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS (VOCALS – LORD LEBBY)    DR. KINSEY REPORT    RL 101    0 4816    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1958

THE JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS (VOCALS – LORD LEBBY)    ETHEOPIA    RL 101    0 4817    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1958

MIGHTY PANTHER, THE & THE JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    TALKING PARROT, THE    RL114    RL114    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1959?    INTERESTING ALTERNATIVE TAKES TO THE LASHER SONGS OF THE SAME NAME, ARRANGEMENTS ARE THE SAME OR VERY SIMILAR, BUT BY A TRINIDADIAN CALYPSONIAN

MIGHTY PANTHER, THE & THE JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    CINEMASCOPE    RL116    RL116    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1959?

WRIGGLERS, THE / VOCALS DENZIL LAING    LIMBO    X2001    17X1    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1950s

WRIGGLERS, THE / VOCALS DENZIL LAING    WHO TO CALL YOUR FRIEND    X2001    17X2    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1950s

7″ Single

JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS (VOCALS – LORD TICKLER aka HAROLD RICHARDSON)    LIMBO    RL108    15 X 1    1958    JAMAICA    KEN KHOURI
JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS (VOCALS – LORD TICKLER aka HAROLD RICHARDSON)    MEDLEY (SWEETIE CHARLIE, MR. PARNEY, MANGO WALK)    RL108    15 X 2    1958    JAMAICA    KEN KHOURI

LORD LARO    BANANA BOY    NONE    FRK 105    1961?    JAMAICA    KEN KHOURI
LORD LARO    RASTAFARIAN LOVE, THE    NONE    FRK 106    1961?    JAMAICA    KEN KHOURI / Early references to Rastafari in Jamaican recording. Does this predate Harry Mudie’s recordings of Count Ossie of circa 1961? Also, this may well feature Ossie’s drummers, as Laro later recorded ‘A Tribute To Count Ossie’ it seems possible that they were closely linked, perhaps through this record?

12″ Lps

WRIGGLERS, THE    THE WRIGGLERS SING CALYPSO AT THE ARAWAK HOTEL JAMAICA W.I.    KLP 200    LP 41058 A    ?    Jamaica    FEDERAL

LORD LEBBY    SINGS FAVOURITE CALYPSOS    KALYPSO – 1000    FEDERAL 6905    1965    JAMAICA    KEN KHOURI / includes a sublime rendering of ‘Oh Danny Boy’!

KALYPSO (UK)

7″ Single

BEDASSE    NIGHT FOOD RECIPE    45/C 1005    45 C 1005 A    1954    U.K.
BEDASSE    WOMAN STYLE    45/C 1005    45 C 1005 B    1954    U.K.

BEDASSE    HONEY BEE    45/C 1006    45 C 1006 A    1955    U.K.
BEDASSE    COME BACK TO ME    45/C 1006    45 C 1006 B    1955    U.K.

CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET (VOCALS E. BEDASSE [ALERTH BEDASSE])    ADAM AND EVE    45/C 1010-A    45-C-1010-A    1956    U.K. KEN KHOURI
CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET (VOCALS E. BEDASSE [ALERTH BEDASSE])    NOT ME AGAIN    45/C 1010-B    45-C-1010-B    1956    U.K. KEN KHOURI

CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET (VOCALS E. BEDASSE [ALERTH BEDASSE])    BIG BOY AND TEACHER    KALYPSO    45/C 1008-A    45-04820    IVAN CHIN    1956
CHIN’S CALYPSO SEXTET (VOCALS E. BEDASSE [ALERTH BEDASSE])    RED TOMATO    KALYPSO    45/C 1008-B    45-04821    IVAN CHIN   1956

COUNT LASHER & THE PORTER CALYPSO STAR BAND    TALKING PARROT    45/XX 12    DA-45-2857    1959?    U.K. KEN KHOURI
COUNT LASHER & THE PORTER CALYPSO STAR BAND    DOCTOR    45/XX 12    DA-45-2858    1959?    U.K. KEN KHOURI

LAUREL AITKEN & THE BOOGIE CATS    BABA KILL ME GOAT    XX 19 A    45 XX 19-A    1960?    U.K.    LAUREL AITKEN?
LAUREL AITKEN & THE BOOGIE CATS    TRIBUTE TO COLLIE SMITH    XX 19 B    45 XX 19-B    1960?    U.K.    LAUREL AITKEN?

LORD LARO    JAMAICAN REFERENDUM CALYPSO    45/XX 21    XX 21-A    1961    U.K. KEN KHOURI
LORD LARO    WONG IMPRESSIONS OF A SOLDIER    45/XX 21    XX 21-B    1961    U.K. KEN KHOURI

COUNT ZEBRA & THE SEASIDERS    CAT-O-NINE    45/XX 23    Go 5    1962    U.K. KEN KHOURI
COUNT ZEBRA & THE SEASIDERS    BEDBUG    45/XX 23    Go 5    1962    U.K. KEN KHOURI

LORD ROSE AND THE BEACHCOMBERS    INDEPENDANT JAMAICA    45/XX25-A    XX25-A    1962    U.K. KEN KHOURI
LORD ROSE AND THE BEACHCOMBERS    TWISTIN’ UNCLE    45/XX25-B    XX25-B    1962    U.K. KEN KHOURI

LONDON INTERNATIONAL & LONDON CALYPSO

78rpm

IVAN BROWN AND HIS CALYPSO MUSIC    GIMME A BEAT ON YOUR DING DONG    LONDON CALYPSO    CAY.102    DR13435-1A   LONDON CALYPSO U.K.
IVAN BROWN AND HIS CALYPSO MUSIC    JOHNNY WEDNESDAY B.A.    LONDON CALYPSO    CAY.102    DR13436-1A    LONDON CALYPSO U.K.

MONICA BOYAR and JACKIE BROWN’S CALYPSO KINGS    OPEN UP THE DOOR MAMA    LONDON CALYPSO    CAY.103   DR18447-1    LONDON CALYPSO U.K.
MONICA BOYAR and JACKIE BROWN’S CALYPSO KINGS    GIN AND COCONUT WATER    LONDON CALYPSO    CAY.103   DR18448-1    LONDON CALYPSO U.K.

MONICA BOYAR and JACKIE BROWN’S CALYPSO KINGS    I LOVES YER BABY    LONDON CALYPSO    CAY.105    DR18149-1   LONDON CALYPSO U.K.
MONICA BOYAR and JACKIE BROWN’S CALYPSO KINGS    HARRY PUT ME DOWN    LONDON CALYPSO    CAY.105    DR18450-2   LONDON CALYPSO U.K.

MARIE BRYANT and JACKIE BROWN’S CALYPSO KINGS    SUEDE SHOES    LONDON CALYPSO    CAY.106    DR13459-1    LONDON CALYPSO    ORIGINAL    £5    60s    60s    06/04/2014    U.K.
MARIE BRYANT and JACKIE BROWN’S CALYPSO KINGS    SIXTY MINUTE MAN    LONDON CALYPSO    CAY.106    DR13462-1    LONDON CALYPSO    ORIGINAL    £5    60s    60s    06/04/2014    U.K.

MARIE BRYANT AND JACKIE BROWN’S CALYPSO KINGS    DON’T TOUCH ME NYLON        dr. 18460        U.K.    ?
MARIE BRYANT AND JACKIE BROWN’S CALYPSO KINGS    WATER MELON        dr. 18461        U.K.    ?

10″ Lps

VARIOUS    AUTHENTIC JAMAICAN CALYPSOS        mscl6651a/2b    1954    U.K.    Stanley Motta

LYRAGON

78rpm

LORD KITCHENER – Acc FREDDY GRANT’S CARIBBEAN RHYTHM    KITCH TAKE IT EASY    LYRAGON    J 703    PL 914    LYRAGON U.K.
LORD KITCHENER – Acc FREDDY GRANT’S CARIBBEAN RHYTHM    REDHEAD    LYRAGON    J 703    PL 956    LYRAGON U.K.

MARACAS RECORDINGS

78rpm

LORD POWER AND HIS CALYPSONIANS    MAMBO LA-LA    M 20001    13 X A        JAMAICA    1950s
LORD POWER AND HIS CALYPSONIANS    SPECIAL AMBER CALYPSO    M 20001    13 X B        JAMAICA    1950s

MELODISC

78rpm

LORD BEGINNER acc by CALYPSO RHYTHM KINGS    VICTORY TEST MATCH – CALYPSO (ENGLAND Vs WEST INDIES, LORDS 1950)    MELODISC    113 (MEL 20)    MEL 20    MELODISC U.K.
CALYPSO RHYTHM KINGS – Vocal LORD BEGINNER and ENSEMBLE    SARGEANT BROWN – CALINDA    MELODISC    113 (MEL 23)    MEL 23    MELODISC U.K.

LORD BEGINNER – CARIBBEAN CALYPSO BAND    CRICKET CHAMPIONS, THE (WEST INDIES Vs M.C.C. 1954)    MELODISC    1273    DA 2082    MELODISC U.K.
LORD BEGINNER – CARIBBEAN CALYPSO BAND    CARIBBEAN LULLABY    MELODISC    1273    DA 2083    MELODISC U.K.

LORD KITCHENER – Acc VINCENT STREET SIX    KITCH – CALYPSO (SMALL COMB SCRATCH ME HEAD)    MELODISC    1160    MEL 96-1    MELODISC U.K.
LORD KITCHENER – Acc VINCENT STREET SIX    FOOD FROM THE WEST INDIES    MELODISC    1160    MEL 97-1    MELODISC U.K.

LORD KITCHENER – Acc FREDDY GRANT’S CARIBBEAN RHYTHM    DENIS COMPTON CALYPSO, THE    MELODISC    1172    MEL 149    MELODISC U.K.
LORD KITCHENER – Acc FREDDY GRANT’S CARIBBEAN RHYTHM    NO MORE TAXI CALYPSO    MELODISC    1172    MEL 150    MELODISC U.K.

KING SPARROW & CARIBBEAN ALL STARS    CLARA HONEY BUNCH    MELODISC    1475    APR-56    MELODISC    50S
KING SPARROW & CARIBBEAN ALL STARS    FAMILYSIZE COKES    MELODISC    1475    APR-59    MELODISC  50S

TICKLERS, THE (VOCALS – HAROLD RICHARDSON)    GLAMOUR GAL – CALYPSO    1214 / MOT 01-8    MOT 01 8    STANLEY MOTTA    U.K.    1952?    1952? There is an advert in a 1952 copy of the Gleaner for this tune in it’s original MRS labelled state.  Source – Mentomusic.com / First Jamaican recording entirely recorded and produced in Jamaica to see a UK and not just Jamaican release. On original Stamper for both UK and Jamaican releases. – Source – general knowledge, confirmed through Dan Neely’s research.

TICKLERS, THE (VOCALS – HAROLD RICHARDSON)    DON’T FENCE HER IN – CALYPSO    1214 / MOT 01-9    MOT 01 9    STANLEY MOTTA    U.K.    1952?

TICKLERS, THE (VOCAL HAROLD RICHARDSON)    FOUR DAYS OF LOVE    MELODISC    1237    MOT 2146 1    STANLEY MOTTA?    ORIGINAL 50s
TICKLERS, THE (VOCAL HAROLD RICHARDSON)    HEALING IN THE BALM YARD    MELODISC    1237    MOT 2147    STANLEY MOTTA?    ORIGINAL  50s

MERCURY (JAMAICA)

78rpm

DIAMONDS, THE    FAITHFUL AND TRUE    R2216 71060 YB15047    GBU 15047    MERCURY    JAMAICA    50s
DIAMONDS, THE    LITTLE DARLIN’    R2216 71060 YB15048    GBU 15048    MERCURY    JAMAICA    50s – Probably pressed by Federal, generic looking label bears close resemblance to Kalypso.

MARTERIE, RALPH (AND HIS ORCHESTRA)    UNTIL SIX    R2021    YBU 10354    JEROME MUSIC CORP    JAMAICA    50s
MARTERIE, RALPH (AND HIS ORCHESTRA)    DRY MARTERIE    R2021    YBU 10222    JUDY MUSIC    JAMAICA    50s

SUGAR AND SPICE    HEY JOE (LET ME KNOW)    MERCURY (JAMAICA)    R2124    LBM 12411    TONE MUSIC 1956?
SUGAR AND SPICE    INDEED I LOVE YOU    MERCURY (JAMAICA)    R2124    LBM 12412    TONE MUSIC 1956?

MONOGRAM

12″ Lps

VARIOUS ARTISTES – MEET ME IN JAMAICA (B.W.I.)    12-852    LP 852 1    1950s    1950s    U.S.A.    Various Producers

MONTEGO BEACH HOTEL GIFT SHOP

12″ Lps

MONTEGO BEACH HOTEL CALYPSO BAND    SOUVENIR ALBUM / MONTEGO BEACH HOTEL CALYPSONIANS    LOML 502    SMOL 103 1E    1958    1958    Jamaica    Date Unknown (Stanley Motta?) – Note this features Lord Lebby on Vocals througout, though he is not credited on the Lp’s sleeve. Assumed to be a Motta production as he did produce 78s for and from this Hotel.

MRS (Motta’s Recording Studio)

78rpm

DAN WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA – VOCAL LORD FLY    MEDLY OF JAMAICAN MENTO – FAN ME SOLJA MAN FAN ME, ONE SOLJA MAN, YUH NO YEARY WHAT THE OLE MAN SAY, SLIDE MONGOOSE    SSS.2033X / 01A    NONE    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1952   This is thought to be the first song to be recorded and released in Jamaica, although there is some confusion over the possibility that it may have been recorded in Miami.

DAN WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA – VOCAL LORD FLY    CALYPSO – WHAI, WHAI, WHAI    SSS.2034X / 01B    NONE    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1952

DAN WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA – VOCAL LORD FLY    JAMAICAN CALYPSOS – SWINE LANE GAL / IRON BAR    04A    SSS 2082 X    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1952

DAN WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA – VOCAL LORD FLY    JAMAICAN CALYPSOS – WHEN MI LOOK UPON JANIE SO / ADA / TIME SO HARD    04B    SSS 2083 X    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1952

REYNOLDS CALYPSO CLIPPERS – VOCAL – BOYSIE GRANT    SWEETIE CHARLIE / MATTY RAG / NOBODY’S BUSINESS    O6A    MOT 2134 – 06A MEL    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1952

REYNOLDS CALYPSO CLIPPERS – VOCAL – BOYSIE GRANT    COME WE A GO DOWN A UNITY / OLD LADY O / LINSTEAD MARKET    06B    MOT 2135 – 06B MEL    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1952

DAN WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA – VOCAL LORD FLY    TRANSPORTATION KINGSTON STYLE – JAMAICAN CALYPSO    MOT.2138 / 11A    MOT2138    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1952?

DAN WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA – VOCAL LORD FLY    BLU-LU-LUP – JAMAICAN CALYPSO    MOT.2139 / 11B    MOT2139    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1952?

TICKLERS, THE (HAROLD RICHARDSON – VOCAL)    PARISH GAL    15A MOT 2150    MOT 2150    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    50s
TICKLERS, THE (HAROLD RICHARDSON – VOCAL)    HARD HEARTED LOVER    15B MOT 2151    MOT 2151    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    50s

CECIL KNOTT AND HIS JOYBELL ORCHESTRA    WHEN YOU COME AMERICA COWHEAD    D/SM.20A    DSM20A    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1950s
CECIL KNOTT AND HIS JOYBELL ORCHESTRA    BELLYLICK BARGIE    D/SM.20B    DSM20A    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1950s

REYNOLDS CALYPSO CLIPPERS (VOCALS BOYSIE GRANT TENOR BANJO EDDIE BROWN)    NOISY SPRING    MRS 23 F.23A    DMRS23A    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    50s
REYNOLDS CALYPSO CLIPPERS (VOCALS BOYSIE GRANT TENOR BANJO EDDIE BROWN)    HARD HEARTED LOVER    MRS 23 F.23B    DMRS23B    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    50s

JOSEPH CLEMENDORE WITH GEORGE MOXEY AND HIS CALYPSO QUINTET    MY BROTHER CALAMITY    SM.109 DSM.27A    DSM109 STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    50s
JOSEPH CLEMENDORE WITH GANNY GABBISON AND HIS CALYPSO BAND    MAINTENANCE    SM.110 DSM.27B    DSM110 STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    50s

COUNT LASHER’S CALYPSO QUINTET – VOCAL BY COUNT LASHER    TREK TO ENGLAND    SM.146 – DSM. 41    SM-146-1    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    50s
COUNT LASHER’S CALYPSO QUINTET – VOCAL BY COUNT LASHER    WATER THE GARDEN    SM.145 – DSM. 41    SM-145-1    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    50s

10″ Lps

VARIOUS    AUTHENTIC JAMAICAN CALYPSOS SERIES 3        motl 103a-1a    1955    1955    Jamaica    Stanley Motta

VARIOUS ARTISTES    AUTHENTIC JAMAICAN CALYPSOS SERIES 5    MRS    MOTL 105    MOTL 105A-1E    STANLEY MOTTA   1955 JAMAICA

12″ Lps

VARIOUS ARTISTES    CALYPSO DATE    LOML 503    SMOL 105 1B    STANLEY MOTTA    JAMAICA    1950s

7″ Singles

HAROLD RICHARDSON & CHARLIE BINGER AND HIS QUINTET    JAMAICA IS THE PLACE TO GO    45-DSM 53    45-SM-173-1C    1950s    1950s    U.K.    STANLEY MOTTA
HAROLD RICHARDSON & CHARLIE BINGER AND HIS QUINTET    COUNTRY GAL    45-DSM 53    45-SM-174-1C    1950s    1950s    U.K.    STANLEY MOTTA

7″ E.P.

BRUTE FORCE STEEL BAND ,THE    JUMBIE JAMBOREE        smep – 12-1c       1950’s  Jamaica. / U.K.    Stanley Motta
BRUTE FORCE STEEL BAND ,THE    WHEEL AND TURN ME        smep – 12-1c        1950’s    Jamaica. / U.K.   Stanley Motta

COUNT LASHER    WATER THE GARDEN        smep – 11-1c        1950’s    Jamaica. / U.K..    Stanley Motta
COUNT LASHER SEVEN    BREADFRUIT SEASON        smep – 11-1c        1950’s    Jamaica. / U.K.  Stanley Motta

NATIONAL CALYPSO

7″ Singles

LORD RIGBY    CARNIVAL JAMAICA    NC2000    R&B NCD 2010 A    1964    1964    U.K.    C.S. Dodd / Rare Studio One production, with writing credit to C.S. Dodd on the record, pressed up and labelled in the UK by R&B Discs.
LORD RIGBY    MUSIC TEACHER    NC2000    R&B NCD 2010 B    1964    1964    U.K.    C.S. Dodd

NIXA

10″ Lps

FRANK HOLDER    CALYPSO TIME WITH FRANK HOLDER    NPT 19007    ZZ 1007 A1    1950s    1950s    U.K.    Nixa Produced / Frank Holder was vocalist with Johnny Dankworth (Jazz Band Leader) at one time and apparently resident in the UK at the time this record was recorded. Also known for his Bongo playing.

PARLOPHONE

78 rpm

YOUNG TIGER (GEORGE BROWNE) Acc CALYPSO SERENADERS    I WAS THERE (AT THE CORONATION)    PARLOPHONE    M.P. 120 CE 14566    DA 2082    PARLOPHONE
LORD BEGINNER (EGBERT MOORE) Acc CALYPSO RHYTHM KINGS    QUEEN ELIZABETH CALYPSO    PARLOPHONE    M.P. 120 CE 14568    DA 2083    PARLOPHONE U.K.

PENTHOUSE

7″ Singles

CHAKKA DEMUS \ ROD DENNIS MENTO BAND    NOBODYS BUSINESS        side A title        Jamaica    D. Germain 2002
ROD DENNIS MENTO BAND    NOBODYS BUSINESS VERSION        side b version        Jamaica    D. Germain 2002

12″ Lps

ROD DENNIS MENTO BAND    ORIGINAL JAMAICAN MUSIC        a mento band        U.S.A.    D. Germain 2001

PORT O JAM

7″ Singles

SUGAR BELLY & THE CANEFIELDS    SHAKE UP ADINA    P.J. OO1    FCD7890?    1972    1972    JAMAICA    C.S. DODD
SUGAR BELLY & THE CANEFIELDS    DANNY BOY    P.J. OO1        1972    1972    JAMAICA    C.S. DODD

RITMO

12″ Lps

VARIOUS ARTISTES, LORD FLEA, HUBER PORTER, LORD LEBBY    CALYPSOS FROM JAMAICA    12-503    LP 12 503 A1    LATE 50s    LATE 50s    U.S.A.    VARIOUS?    Note – One of the most wonderful covers in Jamaican Lp history. The Lp is exactly the same as the Sounds of the Caribbean Calypsos from Jamaica Lp.

SOUNDS OF THE CARIBBEAN

12″ Lps

VARIOUS ARTISTS   CALYPSOS FROM JAMAICA        slp 734 a 1-14-71            U.S.A.    Various producers / Re-release of the Ritmo Lp also titled CALYPSOS FROM JAMAICA.

STUDIO ONE  

12″ Lps

HILTONAIRES    MEET ME IN JAMAICA    STUDIO ONE 100    WIRL CS LP 1241 A2/B1    C.S. DODD    JAMAICA    1965

TIMES RECORD

78rpm

JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    CALYPSOS FROM JAMAICA    NONE    JAM 103 / D JAM 104/D JAM101/102/D JAM 105/106    KEN KHOURI (FOR TIMES STORE KINGSTON)    JAMAICA    1950s    VERY RARE (ONLY THREE KNOWN) ALBUM COLLECTION OF x3no 78RPM LORD FLEA SIDES, details on the three sides in this set appear below. This is one of only three currently known to eist, Jeremy Collingwood and Dan Neely own the other two. SEE BELOW FOR SINGLES THAT MAKE UP THIS SET

……………………. Singles that make up above x3no 78rpm single album set.

JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    TIME SO HARD / OLD LADY    (JAM 101) UD. 1003    D JAM 101    KEN KHOURI (FOR TIMES STORE KINGSTON)    JAMAICA    1950s    PART OF THREE 78RPM ALBUM SET
JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    SOLAS MARKET / WATER COME FROM ME EYE    (JAM 102) UD. 1003    D JAM 102    KEN KHOURI (FOR TIMES STORE KINGSTON)    JAMAICA    1950s    PART OF THREE 78RPM ALBUM SET
JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    WHEEL AND TURN ME    (JAM 103) UD. 1002    D JAM 103    KEN KHOURI (FOR TIMES STORE KINGSTON)    JAMAICA    1950s    PART OF THREE 78RPM ALBUM SET
JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    MATTIE RAG / BROWN SKIN GAL    (JAM 104) UD. 1002    D JAM 104    KEN KHOURI (FOR TIMES STORE KINGSTON)    JAMAICA    1950s    PART OF THREE 78RPM ALBUM SET
JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    DONKEY CITY    (JAM 105) UD. 1003    D JAM 105    KEN KHOURI (FOR TIMES STORE KINGSTON)    JAMAICA    1950s    PART OF THREE 78RPM ALBUM SET
JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE –  WITH VOCAL LORD FLEA    RUN MONGOOSE / LINSTEAD MARKET    (JAM 106) UD. 1003    D JAM 106    KEN KHOURI (FOR TIMES STORE KINGSTON)    JAMAICA    1950s    PART OF THREE 78RPM ALBUM SET

HUBERT PORTER WITH THE JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    MISS GOOSIE    JAM 113 UD 1007    DJAM113-1    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1950s
HUBERT PORTER WITH THE JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    UGLY WOMAN    JAM 114 UD 1007    DJAM114-1B    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1950s

HUBERT PORTER WITH THE JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    TEN PENNY NAIL    JAM.120 UD.1011    JAM 120    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1950s
HUBERT PORTER WITH THE JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    MARY’S LAMB / THE MORE WE ARE TOGETHER    JAM.121 UD.1009    JAM 121    KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    1950s

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JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS – VOCALS – LORD FLEA    DONKEY CITY    (JAM 105) UD. 1003    D JAM 105    KEN KHOURI (FOR TIMES STORE KINGSTON)    U.K.    ?    PRESSED IN UK FOR TIMES STORE KINGSTON JAMAICA – For claity’s sake this is the same side, catalogue and matrix numbers as the single that came in the 3 78rpm set.

JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS – VOCALS – LORD FLEA    RUN MONGOOSE / LINSTEAD MARKET    (JAM 106) UD. 1003    D JAM 106    KEN KHOURI (FOR TIMES STORE KINGSTON)    U.K.    ?    PRESSED IN UK FOR TIMES STORE KINGSTON JAMAICA

JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE VOCAL BY HUBERT PORTER    NOT ME    JAM 109 UD.1005    DJAM 109-1    TIMES RECORD / KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    50s
JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE VOCAL BY HUBERT PORTER    RUM AND COCONUT WATER    JAM 110 UD.1005    DJAM 110-1    TIMES RECORD / KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA    50s

JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE VOCAL BY HUBERT PORTER    MISS DAISY AND BROWN SKIN GIRL    JAM 111 UD.1006    DJAM 111-1 TIMES RECORD / KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA  50s

JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS, THE VOCAL BY HUBERT PORTER    OLD LADY    JAM 112 UD.1006    DJAM 112-1    TIMES RECORD / KEN KHOURI    JAMAICA 50s

10″ Lps

TIMES RECORD    HUBERT PORTER WITH THE JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    JAL 1002 10″ TIMES RECORD LP    JAL 1002    JAL 1 1C    TIMES STORE – KEN KHOURI?    JAMAICA    1950s    RARE 10″ LP SOLD AT THE TIMES STORE KINGSTON, COLLECTION OF 78RPM SIDES

JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS / VOCAL HUBER PORTER    CALYPSOS FROM JAMAIACA    JAL 1001 C.T.1786    CP1786-IC    TIMES STORE / KEN KNOURI    JAMAICA    1950s

TICO EL REY DEL MAMBO

78rpm

JAMAICA BOY (AKA DENZIL LAING?) AND HIS KINGSTON CALYPSO ORCHESTRA    MAN IS SMART, WOMAN’S SMARTER    10-391    X 20 A    KEN KHOURI    U.K.    1950s    FROM MATRIX LOOKS LIKE IT WAS ORIGINALLY OFF A KHOURI / FEDERAL STAMPER / Released in South America via this New York label, uncertain if released in USA though the label states it was based there .

JAMAICA BOY (AKA DENZIL LAING?) AND HIS KINGSTON CALYPSO ORCHESTRA    MARY ANN, BROWN SKIN GAL    10-391    X 20 B    KEN KHOURI    U.K.    1950s

WIRL

12″ Lps

COUNT FRANK    COUNT FRANK SINGS CALYPSO        wirlfm1802 / wirl 1058        1960s   Jamaica    Lynford Anderson

LORD JELLICOE AND HIS CALYPSO MONARCHS    LORD JELLICOE AT THE SHERATON        lord a1        1960s    Jamaica    Clifford Rae

Z.W. (Studio One)

12″ Lps

LORD ANTICS AND THE MERRY BOYS    CALYPSOES TOO HOT TO HOLD    None    FOD 7924 A    ?    ?    Jamaica    C.S Dodd

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Stanley Motta ~ Motta’s Recording Studio Kingston – MRS


Being a short study of one producer and label from Kingston.

Stanley Motta was a businessman living in Kingston Jamaica who originally traded in electrical goods and began his recording ‘studio’ in the early 1950s, before there were any other studios or mastering and pressing facilities on the Island. He would have artists record their songs in one shot and the acetates would then be sent for duplication in the United Kingdom. These records were then sent back to Jamaica to be bought mainly by early tourist visitors to the Island. Motta recorded Mento; a style of music that is sometimes inaccurately described as Jamaican Calypso. To this day Stanley Motta Cellular Repair is a Jamaican company, specialising in electrical repair.

First ever Jamaican production to get UK release.

In 1952 Melodisc the UK label reknowned for it’s ‘Ethnic’ output produced MELODISC Cat no – 1214 / MOT 01-8. This is the first Jamaican produced single to see a release in the UK. Having been written and recorded  and ‘produced’ in Jamaica the acetates were sent to the UK and pressed both for release in the UK and Jamaica, both issues of the single share exactly the same Matrices. This intimates that they were pressed by the same company, but labelled with two different record company labels. MRS (Motta’s Recording Studios) and Melodisc.

The Ticklers (VOCALS - HAROLD RICHARDSON) GLAMOUR GAL - CALYPSO MELODISC 1214 / MOT 01-8

The Home Market

Initially local interest was limited, the up-market Kingstonians were not interested in what they saw as the ‘Rural’ music of Jamaica and it wasn’t until the western white tourist audience grew that Jamaicans themselves, at least the wealthier ones, began to take an interest. Poorer Jamaican families could rarely afford the equipment to play the 78rpm records on and so it was left to them to write and perform the songs that Stanley Motta recorded.

Mento is now a sought after collectors commodity, rare and VERY difficult to find. Once it was just something that captured a little of the flavour of a visit to the Caribbean and something to put away in the attic with the Hawaiian shirt, holiday snaps and Bermudan shorts.

Later in his career Motta had a few now rare 45rpm singles and E.P.s pressed and also released his music on a well known series of 10″ Lps, amongst them the ‘Authentic Jamaican Calypsos’ Series with vols 1 to 4. Some of the material released on these 10″ Lps was also released by the London label as ‘Authentic Jamaican Calypsos’ this time without a series number and a as a compilation of tunes that appear on the Jamaican produced series of the same name. In England at least this London Lp is easier to find.

Country Gal, the follow up to the Ticklers hit Glamour Gal
Rare MRS E.P. of Count Lasher and the less desirable Brute Force Steel Band

Mento continues to be more easily found in the United States where the short hop from Miami had meant that tourists from North America were more likely to visit than other nationals. Of course the Brisith colonialists only left Jamaica in 1962, however it remains hard to find Mento in Britain for some reason.

You can find out more at the excellent – http://www.mentomusic.com/