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Steve, I had some good days playing with you and Raphie in Melotones.
Very interesting history Mr. Regis. You mentioned the name Ralph Ryce. I have spoken to him on the phone from Canada and tuned and shipped him a pair of double tenors last year. I am looking forward to meeting him in July. He said when I come for the Caribana, the guys will know him as "Belvie"....not sure if I got that spelling right.
Good to have detailed history like this, Steve Regis. Thank you.
......Live and direct, from he who truly knows Sundowners' history.
Thanks Mr. Regis.
A very good clarification. By Mr Regis
Still do not explain the "Question Asked" why PanTrinbago has two Sundowners Steelbands on their list
for Recognition or Consideration.
Maybe Pantrinbago can answer.
Steve could you say what year Sundowners was formed ? To know that I moved from Pan puller to Pan Player during that era with the "Downers" and West Stars has provided me with lots of very happy memories for I am still either whistling or humming many of those tunes we played . My favorite is still " Wedding Day " which the band played on the road for Carnival 1964 and the record that we made in 1966 is amongst my treasures. Thanks for your tremendous contributions for those bands brought us great pride and joy and they united our community into a peaceful and happy family.
Well said Steve ,I was surprise when Iwas told of two Sundownders I told them there was only on Sundowners I know of in the pan movement,Igave the Award to George Maharaj to give you on his return to Canada. WIRE.
Steve, I was soo glad to be reminded of the ol days watching you and the Downers on Panco Ln when ever I visited my aunt with Uncle Sterling (Parris). You were one of my idols along with Nerlin and Bobby and Wire.I played mas in Sando up to '66 when I left for Canada.
Are there any music from your playing days on When Steel talks? All the best to you
Vernon the Vid "18 0n Steel" is on WST and YouTube featuring Sundowners. Invaders and The Naval SteelBand and there is an entire record from 1966 " Texaco on Steel" featuring Texaco West Stars . As you know Steve was the Musical Arranger for both these bands. So it's there for your enjoyment. Thanks.