Label: Balisier - HO-8P-1789 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Jazz, Reggae, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Calypso
Melody's career spanned forty years, from the beginnings of popular calypso music to his embrace of the more dance oriented Soca style by the late s. He was one of the six vocalists chosen to perform for Princess Margaret when she visited Trinidad in Another album, Calypso Carnivalwas released on Balisier records in It was a split release - the first side contained six Lord Melody songs some of which did not appear elsewhereand the second side comprised instrumental tracks by Cyril Diaz whose band usually backed Melody on his recordings.
Cook Records released several live tracks featuring him on their albums Jump Up Carnival and Calypso Kings And Pink Gin inwhich led to him recording a full album for the label the next year.
This subsequently became the most widely known version of the song and Various - Calypso Carnival 1958 version was covered by The Wailers with Peter Tosh on lead vocal.
Melody moved to New York he toured with Belafonte in the s. In this decade he gradually moved away from calypso and instead embraced the emerging soca and reggae Various - Calypso Carnival 1958. These recordings are distinguished by the synths and drum machines of the era and a more reverb-based production sound, as well as the aging quality of Melody's voice at the time. Around he became a Rastafarianand released the I Man album, a reggae-tinged album on which he spoke on the subject, the singles "Brown Sugar" and "Rastaman Be Careful" becoming local Blueberry Hill - Louis Armstrong - Millennium Edition in the same era.
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