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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Calypsos from Jamaica on Ritmo


Calypsos from Jamaica – Ritmo / Sounds of the Caribbean

Calypsos from Jamaica is an album worth having for the cover alone. It has been released at least twice, on two different labels and with differing cover art. I believe the Sounds of the Caribbean release is the second of the two. From memory it does not mention that it is recorded in Jamaica B.W.I. (British West Indies), only that it is from ‘Jamaica’, which may infer that it was released after independence. The second release has a rather plain cover and is nowhere near as colourful and attractive as this classic of album art. Perhaps times had changed since it’s first release and a cover that featured artwork that has more than a dash of racism about it’s artwork was considered inappropriate?

The lack of any track listing on both Lps makes it difficult to work out exactly which singers should be attributed to the songs that are shown. I have attempted to create one here, utilising Roots Knotty Roots the guide to Jamaican single releases compiled by Bob Shoenfeld and Mike Turner and my own knowledge such as it is. I hope that those of you who either own the Lp or wish to will find it easier now to match the singers, with the songs.

Bob unfortunately is no longer with us, but Mike’s work continues with Algoriddim and the creation of an online Jamaican Single Release Discography. Those of us who regularly leaf through the paper copy will certainly enjoy the prospect of an online resource.

The rear of the Lp lists a few artists that are on the Lp, but un-helpfully, not all of them. Those artists are – Lord Flea, Hubert Porter, Wigglers and Lord Lebby, all well-known Mento’ists and Calypsonians.

Details of the two different issues are thus:

1st Issue (Above)

VINYL    LP    VARIOUS ARTISTES, LORD FLEA, HUBERT PORTER, LORD LEBBY    – CALYPSOS FROM JAMAICA  –  Label =   RITMO    Catalogue number – 12-503    LP  A Side Matrix 12 503 A1 Producer? (Ken Khouri) / Released in the U.S.A.

2nd Issue

VINYL    LP    VARIOUS ARTISTES – CALYPSOS FROM JAMAICA – Label = SOUNDS OF THE CARIBBEAN  –  A Side Matrix slp 734 a 1-14-71    Producer? (Ken Khouri) – Released in the U.S.A.

Tracklisting:

A1    HUBERT PORTER    – RUM AND COCONUT WATER
A2    LORD TICKLER    – LIMBO DANCE
A3    HUBERT PORTER & HIS JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    – NOT ME
A4    LORD LEBBY    – DR. KINSEY
A5    LORD FLEA & HIS JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    – SOLAS MARKET / WATER COME FROM ME EYE
A6    HUBERT PORTER & HIS JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    – MARY’S LAMB
B1    WIGGLERS    – LINSTEAD MARKET / DAYO
B2    HUBERT PORTER & HIS JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    – OLD LADY YOU MASH ME TOE
B3    WIGGLERS    – JAMAICA MERMAID
B4    LORD LEBBY & HIS JAMAICAN CALYPSONIANS    – MAMA DON’T WANT NO PEAS NO RICE
B5    HUBERT PORTER    – TEN PENNY NAIL
B6    HUBERT PORTER    – MISS GOOSIE

All the songs appear to have been originally recorded by one producer Ken Khouri, and most of them originally released on 78rpm on the Jamaican ‘Kalypso’ label and also on the U.K. based ‘Times’ label, and one or two also in the USA on ‘Ritmo’, which would tie in nicely with the 33rpm Lp release and possibly help to confirm it as the 1st of the two known pressings.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Jamaican Mento / Calypso then Mike Garnice’s web site Mento Music is an excellent place to find out more. http://www.mentomusic.com/